How to Measure Flexibility With an Inclinometer

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An inclinometer is a great tool for measuring flexibility, so long as you do it in the right way. Measure flexibility with an inclinometer with help from a fitness industry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm TJ Pierce with, and today we're going to talk about how to measure flexibility with a inclinometer. So, what an inclinometer is going to do is it's going to give us the exact ranges of motion, and today we're going to talk specifically about the thoracic and the lumbar spine. And so, what I'm going to do any time I measure someone's flexibility with the inclinometer, the first step is to zero them out. So, you're going to put the inclinometer up against a flat surface. I always like to use a wall, and measure them out at zero. So, from there, to measure thoracic flexibility and flexion, I'm going to put one inclinometer at the C7T1 junction of the spine. I'm going to put my other inclinometer at the T12L1 junction of the spine, and I'm going to have my client bend forward and try to touch their toes. When they get down as far as they can, I'm simply going to subtract the bottom number inclinometer from the top number on the inclinometer, and that's going to tell me how much thoracic flexion they have. I'm going to do the same thing in extensions. I'm going to use those same landmarks, and I'm going to have them extend their thoracic spine as far as they can, and same thing. I'm going to subtract the bottom number from the top number, and that's going to give me their total thoracic extension. And then we move on to the lumbar spine. It's the same thing. I'm going to put one inclinometer at T12L1. I'm going to put the other one at their sacral base, and we're going to go into flexion. I'll take a measurement. We'll go into extension, and I'll take a measurement. The reason this is so important is because now I'm going to know exactly where the flexibility is coming from. So, if someone can bend over and touch their toes, you're going to assume they have good lumbar flexibility. But that may not be true. That may all be coming from their hips. So, with these readings, you're going to know exactly what your client needs. Do they need to stretch their lumbar spine, or do they need to stretch their hips. I'm TJ Pierce with Pierce Family Wellness, and I hope this makes you more flexible.


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