static palpation

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static palpation (staˑ·tik pal·pāˑ·shn),

n in chiropractic treatment, a technique of using one's hands to feel and assess several parameters that govern the mobility and health of tissues located near or on the body's surface. The purpose of this particular examination is to facilitate the analysis of soft or bony tissue structures within the body.


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.