What is the Cervical Flexion-Rotation Test?

Reference:Mulligan B 2006 Self treatments for back, neck and limbs, 2nd Edn. Plane View Services, Wellington, New Zealand

The basic purpose of this test is to evaluate C1-2 rotation. With the patient in supine lying, fully flex the patient’s neck by taking the chin to the manubrium.

While maintaining the full flexion using your belly, rotate the head to the left and then to the right and note an obvious asymmetry.

If C1-2 mobility is normal, the head will turn approximately 45�. If the patient suffers from one-side dominant cervical headaches, rotation to one side will be restricted.

Some patients with cervical headaches will of course have restriction into both sides.

Posted on: January 11, 2007

Categories: Headache/Vertigo

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