This in my hands has been of great assistance in percussing the limits of the heart dullness.
There was no dulness on percussing over the iliac fossa, and no pain on pressure over any part of the abdomen.
Similarly, the amount of air contained in the lungs can be estimated by tapping upon, or percussing, the walls of the chest.
After effusion occurs the sound produced by percussing over the lower part of the chest is dull.
Kneading and percussing the abdomen by an osteopath or masseur strengthens, and also relieves constipation.
In some cases localised tenderness on percussing the skull may be of assistance in indicating the site of the tumour.
Motion of the joints at this time is not painful, but the pain produced by percussing the bone, even lightly, may be intense.