The examination to determine a pathological deviation of the spine is very simple and it can be performed regularly by the parents themselves but also by gymnasts in school. The examination takes only two minutes. It is made up of two partial examinations. Observation of the child's body, naked or with a tight T-shirt. Standing up from in front and behind, and the Bending test.
In the Anterior standing position we can see the following points:
- If the shoulders are level or one lower than the other
- If the shoulder blades are at the same height
- We check the inclination of the pelvis by observing the two imaginary triangles formed by the child's body and arms. These triangles must be symmetrical. The opposite means an inclination in the pelvis
In the Posterior standing position we observe:
- The symmetry of the chest, that is if one chest is more prominent
- If the one side of the ribs protrudes more
- If the pelvis protrudes more on the one side
The child stands to attention, joins palms and bends forwards with the knees straight and reaching down with the head between the arms, without lifting the shoulders, to form almost a right angle.
We observe the child and try to note if there is asymmetry in the back with the creation of humps on the one side of the back.