Spinal Flexion Clearance

Spinal Flexion Clearance

Instructions

Preparation

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

Execution

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

Comments

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

Assesses

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

Scoring

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

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