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.
- Client seated upright just hanging over the bed or chair, with their hands behind their back.
- Client then asked to ‘slump’ flex upper part and lower part of spine this is followed by the next flexed forward.
- Therapist then places hand upon their head (top of). Informing client exactly what they are doing.
- 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.
- 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.