Traction for the cervical spine is indicated for the client with a pinched nerve in the neck because it opens up the intervertebral foramina to decompress the spinal nerves. Dr. Joe Muscolino demonstrates how to easily perform neck traction using a towel.
The piriformis stretch test is used to assess piriformis syndrome, that is, compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis.
Both active straight leg raise and passive straight leg raise tests are designed to tension the sciatic nerve to assess a space-occupying lesion.
Cough test and Valsalva maneuver are designed to increase intrathecal pressure, or pressure on the spinal nerves in the intervertebral foraminal spaces.
The brachial plexus tension test (BPTT) is actually a series of three tests, each one designed to assess one of the three major nerves that enter the hand.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a very common set of posture dysfunctional patterns. Adson’s, Eden’s, & Wright’s tests are designed to assess TOS.
The slump test places tension on the spinal cord and PNS. It assesses a space occupying condition of the cervical and lumbar spine, as well as TOS.
The term “space occupying condition” is used to describe a condition in which there is compression on a spinal nerve in the intervertebral foramen.
The causative mechanism of osteoarthritis is excessive physical stress placed on the joint, resulting in cartilage and then bony degeneration.
The danger with a disc bulge or herniation is that the disc can compress the spinal nerve within the intervertebral foramen, causing a pinched nerve.