Passive Spinal Extension

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Instructions

Preparation

Lie prone on mat or floor. Place both hands on floor in front of shoulders, arms positioned close to sides.

Execution

While keeping front of pelvis in contact with floor, push torso up with arms and shoulders.

Measurement

Perpendicular distance from suprasternal notch to floor is noted.

Comments

Test is considered 'passive' since muscles of low back are not used to elevate torso. It should be noted that individuals with longer trunks may be able to score better.

Passive Spinal Extension Test

Assesses

Joint ROM: Spinal Hyperextension
Flexibility: Rectus Abdominis
Force: Passive

Scoring

Excellent > 12 inches (30 cm)
Good > 8 inches (20 cm)
Fair > 4 inches (10 cm)

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