Palpation flat and pincer

Flat hand and pincer palpation techniques

Here I am demonstrating on my own leg the two palpation techniques I typically utilize for assessing the skin and hypodermis. With a flat hand I’m feeling for moisture / dryness, thickening, and sensitivity. With the pincer palpation I’m checking for sensitivity as well as thickening and lumpiness in the tissues. Photo by Colleen Whiteford.

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