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Chiropractic Adjustment Demonstration

Contracted Leg Length Test

The contracted leg test and the cervical syndrome adjustment was developed by Dr Rommer Deerfield and refined by Dr. J. Clay Thompson. It was taught to me by my mentors Dr. Fred Schofield and his teacher Dr. Joe Stucky.

This system of analysis and adjustment results in precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.

Step 1

Leg check step one

Have the test subject wear a pair of hard soled shoes and lie across a bed, face down, with arms relaxed at each side. (The head must remain straight down throughout the test.)

Step 2

Step 2 of leg check.

Apply equal pressure with both thumbs to the arches of each shoe. Are both legs of equal length when the bottoms of the shoes are parallel?

Step 3

Step 3 of leg check.

Bend both legs to a 90° angle so the bottoms of the shoes are parallel with the floor. Does one leg appear shorter?


A difference of greater than 1/4″ in any of the positions is clinically significant. Uneven leg length is a common sign of spinal problems that often respond to chiropractic care.

We use a number of other highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience. We invite you to learn more about the other techniques we use at our office.

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