Examination for the supine leg-length inequality as a sign of neuromuscular dysfunction is a common screening procedure used in upper cervical chiropractic. The National Upper Cervical Research Foundation recently published a study showing the reliability of this procedure in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics (JPMT 2011;34:239-246). This study showed good reliability in determining the presence of a leg-length inequality.
Dr. Philip Schalow, owner of 1st Step Chiropractic and a NUCCA practitioner states, “The leg-length check is one of the most important screening tools we use in spotting a compromised brainstem. When the control centers at the base of the brain are seriously impaired, one leg will pull up, making it appear shorter. There are other screening tools, but it is good to have the published research that lets everyone know that what we are doing on the clinic “front lines” is really observable.” Free screenings are available at 1st Step Chiropractic. Call (815) 398-4500 to make an appointment for a free screening.
From the Feb. 15-21, 2012, issue