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The Slump

The Slump

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.

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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 come visit us at

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