motion palpation

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mobility testing

A technique used in classic osteopathy in which the examiner evaluates each spinal segment for proper mobility in all planes of motion, as well as in relationship to the vertebrae immediately above and below.

motion palpation,

n technique developed by Henri Gillet, a Belgian chiropractor, in which the practitioner's hands are used to feel the motion of specific segments of the spine while the patient moves. The purpose is evaluation of the dynamic movement of the extravertebral joints and vertebrae to assess dysfunction between the joints.


the technique of examining parts of the body by touching and feeling them.

abdominal palpation
palpation of the contents of the abdomen and the state of the abdominal wall either through the wall or per rectum.
gastric palpation
internal palpation of the stomach via the esophagus is performed in dolphins and other cetaceans.
motion palpation
in chiropractic, examination of the range of movement in vertebral joints.
pharyngeal palpation
palpation via the external wall in small animals; can be performed per os in cattle but requires a mouth speculum for all but the most deft practitioners.
rectal palpation
palpation of the posterior abdomen and the organs in it by inserting the finger (in dogs) or hand and arm (in horses, cattle and pigs) in the rectum.
static palpation
in chiropractic, examination of the vertebral column for alignment and asymmetry and surrounding soft tissues for tone, heat and pain.