Motion palpation is an integral part of the diagnostic process, crucial for assessing the intricate interplay between bones, nerves, and muscles that enable our body’s movement. When joints in the spine or elsewhere exhibit restricted motion, it serves as a valuable indicator of underlying issues. At our practice, we employ this precise and informative technique to comprehensively evaluate joint functionality.
Spine and Extremities
During motion palpation, our chiropractors use their hands to assess your joints’ responses as you engage in various movements, observing how they respond to bending and turning. This technique, also known as “feeling with the hands and fingers,” involves evaluating the range of motion in different body joints, both in the immediate vicinity of the spine and in peripheral areas. Gentle pressure is applied to the joints being tested to assess their movement patterns accurately.
“Clunk!” “Click!” “Thump!”
Beyond evaluating joint mobility, we pay particular attention to any auditory cues accompanying movement. Notably, persistent issues within joints might manifest as audible indications such as grinding sounds or clicks. These auditory observations provide valuable insight into the joint’s condition, aiding in our comprehensive assessment and informing our tailored treatment approach
Mainstream Diagnostic Procedure
Widely recognized and practiced since 1981, motion palpation has become a mainstream diagnostic approach within the chiropractic field. Its acceptance and prevalence extend across chiropractic institutes worldwide, reflecting its effectiveness as a diagnostic tool utilized by chiropractors for comprehensive patient evaluation and tailored treatment recommendations.