Assessing Sciatic Pain - Stuart Hinds
As a general rule, we apply the Slump test as a follow-up to the Straight Leg Raise test. We do not use the Slump test as the 'go-to' test when assessing sciatic pain. We will invariably start with the straight leg raise.
Where a straight leg raise evokes a positive response, do not continue to the Slump test. Please see the video above for details.
Slump test is easy to apply and is a simple way to put the sciatic nerve under gradually increasing tension to look for possible entrapment sites.
Start with the client in a seated position with their chin down towards their chest. Slowly extend the lower leg at the knee. Simple!
The Slump Test can be usefully applied as a 'before and after assessment' to see how effective the treatment has been.
About the author
Stuart Hinds is one of Australia’s leading soft tissue therapists, with over 27 years of experience as a practitioner, working with elite sports athletes, supporting Olympic teams, educating and mentoring others as well as running a highly successful clinic in Geelong.
Stuart has a strong following of practitioners across Australia and globally who tap into his expertise as a soft-tissue specialist. He delivers a range of highly sought after seminars across Australia, supported by online videos, webinars and one-on-one mentoring to help support his colleagues to build successful businesses.
In 2016, Stuart was awarded a lifetime membership to Massage & Myotherapy Australia for his significant support and contribution to the industry.
This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.