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Muscle Testing Three Ways

Posted by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, COMT, FAAOMPT on Nov 16, 2018 8:06:32 AM

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty member Stacy Soappman explains why it's useful to have three different muscle testing approaches for the lumbar spine. Essentially, each has a different intent:

Shortened Position

For neurological conductivity, fatiguing versus consistent weakness.

Mid-range Position

Looking at the power position, and giving it a manual muscle test grade to document in chart to use an objective measure to show how they've improved and gained strength over the course of physical therapy.

Lengthened Position

To pick up minor tissue damage, if looking for grade one strain.

Let us know if you have questions and to build on your own clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills when addressing the lumbar spine, join us for one of these fall Lumbopelvic Spine courses. Courses may be taken in any order.


Topics: lumbar spine, Lumbopelvic Spine, lumbopelvic spine, manual therapy videos, Manual Therapy Videos, Uncategorized

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