At P4O we have many clients who present to the clinic with acute and chronic lower back pain. For both clients we will go through a detailed case history and assessment before prescribing a treatment and management plan. For those individuals who present with more chronic presentations or those clients moving out of acute stages, we will also look to incorporate more detailed assessments to determine what the spine can tolerate and where there might be opportunities to improve capacity.

In the videos below you will see osteopath Heath Williams demonstrating just a couple of the many tests. The tests demonstrated include:

  • Flexion and extension tolerance
  • Spine control integrated with hip flexion
  • Rotational control of the torso

Note: Credit to Stuart McGill for teaching these assessment strategies

If you are dealing with ongoing lower back issues and would like us to take a look at it, please email Heath @

Principle Four Osteopathy is located at Pleasance House, 178 Collins St Melbourne 3000.