Purpose: To assess the contribution of neural tension to the patient's symptoms.
Test Position: Supine.
Performing the Test: Patient actively performs upper cervical nod. Examiner passively flexes lower cervical spine. A reproduction of pain or other neural symptoms in the thoracic spine is a positive test. A stretching sensation is normal.
Diagnostic Accuracy: Unknown.
Importance of Test: As nerves run through the various tissues of our body, they can become adherent to some of the structures they pass. This test looks to reproduce these symptoms by placing the spinal cord on tension via cervical flexion.
Note: tests should only be performed by a properly trained health care practitioner.