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.
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Motion palpation was chosen by about XA of respondents for most/some, while static palpation was chosen most by 12% and some by 4%.
The use of static palpation originated from personal philosophy for 28% of student respondents.
3) The evidentiary support for the use of static palpation to determine a spinal site of care was judged to be "unclear.
Motion and static palpation revealed segmental restrictions at the thoracolumbar junction.
Several areas in the patient's spine and extremities displaying altered joint motion were identified utilizing motion and static palpation, and joint play analysis.
An experienced palpator then determined using manual static palpation the location of the SP that lined up most closely to the right IAS.