Spinal Flexion Clearance

Spinal Flexion Clearance



Kneel on hands and knees with top of feet extended on floor.


Rock back and touch buttocks to heels and chest to thighs. Keep arms extended in front of body as far as possible.


This clearance test is part of the Functional Movement Screening (FMS) performed after Rotary Stability Test for spinal flexion clearance.


Identifies pain during spinal flexion as a provocation sign for spinal dysfunction. According instructions of noting any pain associated with movement, it technically also may detect orthopedic disfunction in following position:

  • Spinal Flexion
  • Hip Flexion
  • Knee Flexion
  • Ankle and Foot Planter Flexion
  • Scapula Upward Rotation and Retraction
  • Shoulder Flexion
  • Elbow Extension


If pain is felt during this movement, score 0 for Rotary Stability Test and refer out for orthopedic evaluation.

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