Just like the other assessments, pulling assessments measure imbalances and inefficiencies. The pulling assessment is similar to the pushing assessment in how it is performed. It’s best performed in a standing position. However it can be performed on a machine if a standing option is not available. Similarly pulling assessments are less common but can be a great indicator of any imbalances.
To perform a pulling assessment you’ll need a friend or a way to record yourself.
- Using a standing cable machine is ideal when performing this assessment.
- Begin by standing upright with abs drawn in, feet in a split stance and toes pointing forward.
- Pull the handles toward your body and return to the starting position.
- The lumbar and cervical spine should remain neutral throughout this movement.
- Repeat 20 times.
When reviewing the movements you’ll want to make sure you’ve captured the assessment from a side view. You’ll want to look for the following:
- Did the lower back arch?
- Do the shoulders elevate upward?
- Does the head move forward?
Record your findings and then refer to the following table for possible imbalances.
|LPHC||Low back arches||Hip flexors
|Intrinsic core stabilizer|
|Shoulder complex||Shoulder elevation||Upper trap
|Mid / lower traps|
|Head||Head migrates forward||Upper traps
|Deep cervical flexors|