Axis Scientific's painted human skeleton doesn't have a fully flexible spine, but it does feature 150 muscles, along with tendons and connective tissue. This model is a good choice as an educational aid, with its painting and labeling and the presence of multiple anatomical systems.
With 200 separate bones, muscle origins and insertions, condyles, foramina, nerve branches, arteries, and connective tissue, this human skeleton model is particularly detailed. It's a good tool for demonstrating how the musculoskeletal system works in harmony and how one system impacts another. There's no herniated disc on this model, but the level of detail on the rest of the skeleton provides insight into the human body.
This male model is based on a casting from a real human skeleton, so the appearance of the bones is very realistic. The skeleton is made from robust PVC, but it's a little heavier than a real skeleton. Thanks to the tough construction, it can withstand some rough handling, and it's easy to clean.
While most of the skeleton features realistic range of motion, the spine and the extremities do not. The hands and feet are partially articulated, being loosely wired together, but they cannot flex fully into a grasping or curled position.
The painted muscle insertions and origins give students and patients insight into the symbiosis of the musculoskeletal system. While some connective tissue and muscles are present, they are only painted on, rather than being physical pieces of the skeleton, which limits its functionality, because it doesn't actually demonstrate how muscles move or interact with connective tissue.
Bones and muscles are clearly labeled on this skeleton model from Axis, and muscle origins and insertions are color-coded, so it's a useful skeleton for educational settings and visual learners. Although it can be disassembled for transport, the skeleton model is not meant to be taken apart regularly, so teachers can't give students individual bones to study.
This plastic skeleton has a high level of accuracy and detail. Painted muscle origins and insertions, nerves, and arteries provide an insight into the musculoskeletal system as a whole. Axis's painted skeleton doesn't have a flexible spine, but it still is a solid educational tool for many health care professions.