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System Muscular app review: not for the layman



If you already possess a decent amount of knowledge on the human musculoskeletal system then be sure to check out System Muscular for iPhone and iPad, but be aware that it is definitely not suitable for beginners.

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The presentation of this app leaves much to be desired as much of the text is displayed in huge blocks, making it a rather unenjoyable read at times. Other than that, the content is sound and the app runs very smoothly.

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Extensive Anatomical Coverage

To give you some idea of what you can expect to find covered in this app, here is a rundown of the sections that are included:

  • Muscles
  • Eye muscles
  • Ear, Nose, and Mouth muscles
  • Pharynx and Larynx muscles
  • Neck muscles
  • Muscles of torso I 
  • Muscles of torso II
  • Pelvis muscles
  • Vertebral column muscles
  • Muscles of the Arm 
  • Forearm muscles
  • Hand muscles
  • Buttocks & Thigh muscles
  • Muscles of the Leg
  • Foot muscles
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So you can clearly see that pretty much all of the human body is given its own section within the app.

Swipe to read more
Swipe to read more

Bookmark Your Favorite Sections

The texts within System Muscular also come complete with photos and graphics for greater elaboration, and you can use the intuitive gesture-based control system to zoom in and out of sections for greater clarity.

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If you want to share or backup any of the content then you can do this by copying the text to your iOS device’s clipboard to paste into other apps, or by emailing it to yourself or others. There is also a Favorites list to which you can add your most frequently accessed sections.

Detailed entries
Detailed entries

System Muscular


Pros & Cons


  • Enjoy an extensive reference material detailing the intricacies of the human musculoskeletal system
  • Exhaustive texts also come complete with photos and graphics for greater elaboration
  • Add your most frequently referenced sections to your Favorites list for quick and easy future reference
  • Use the integrated search facility to find the information you require within seconds
  • Copy text to your iOS device’s clipboard for easy pasting into other apps
  • Share particularly useful or interesting content with others online via email
  • Use the intuitive gesture-based control system to zoom in and out of sections for greater clarity              


  • There appears to have been little effort put into this app with regards to making the information palatable and easily digestible, so unless you are a highly experienced and technically-minded individual then you will probably want to opt for a slightly simpler anatomical resource in the Medical category of the App Store

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Final Words

If you’re looking for a cold, hard presentation of the facts rather than a highly polished presentation then I’d say that System Muscular for iPhone and iPad should be just what you’re after.


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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.