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Lumbar Test

Contracted Leg Length Test

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Evaluation

Step 1

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Have the test subject wear a pair of hard soled shoes and lie across a bed, face down, with arms relaxed at each side. (The head must remain straight down throughout the test.)

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Step 2

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Apply equal pressure with both thumbs to the arches of each shoe. Are both legs of equal length when the bottoms of the shoes are parallel?

__Left leg short __Right leg short __Equal length

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Bend both legs to a 90° angle so the bottoms of the shoes are parallel with the floor. Does one leg appear shorter?

__Left leg short __Right leg short __Equal length

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Evaluation

A difference of greater than 1/4” in any of the positions is clinically significant. Uneven leg length is a common sign of spinal problems that often respond to chiropractic care. Find out if we can help. Call Mark F. Herman, Chiropractic Physician now to arrange a more thorough examination!

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