The Slump Test

Stan 07/06/2017 8
The Slump Test

The Slump Test is a common test used, when looking for a disc herniation, indicated by lower back or leg pain. The main purpose is to see if a disc herniation is causing a pinched sciatic nerve in the lumbar spine region.

  1. Client seated upright just hanging over the bed or chair, with their hands behind their back.
  2. Client then asked to ‘slump’ flex upper part and lower part of spine this is followed by the next flexed forward.
  3. Therapist then places hand upon their head (top of). Informing client exactly what they are doing.
  4. Therapist then instructs client to perform knee extension (straighten leg) and bring the toes towards themselves (dorsiflexion.). Asking client if they feel any pain or discomfort.
  5. If pain and discomfort increase during the ‘slump’ test (slumping part) then this would be considered positive.

Here Darren, our level 4 Sports Massage Tutor puts it into practice!

Within the sports massage the slump test is a vital component of a client assessment. In the Level 4 qualification you will learn many special tests that will aid with treatment planning. If you are interested in a career in the fitness industry, why not visit Body Aid Solutions today.



  1. Rich 07/06/2017 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Love the video guys, look very professional. I wasn’t aware of all the benefits – I knew kettlebells were good for you, just wasn’t aware they were THAT good for you! :)

  2. Val 09/06/2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    This looks awesome x

  3. This is such an awesome post! I am totally guilty of slumping lol. Love this article and video! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  4. GiGi Eats 09/06/2017 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    OH man, I slump too much – but I do have a stand up desk which helps my posture, although at times I definitely stick my stomach out!

  5. Sarah 11/06/2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I thought my posture was pretty good. Great video guys!

  6. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers 16/06/2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    SO interesting! I didn’t even know this test existed. I bet it’s really helpful for trying to narrow down the cause of lower back pain.

  7. Paul 10/07/2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all your comments guys! Checkout Body Aid Solutions for more great videos.

  8. Amy 11/07/2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I must try this test!

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