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Published on Mar 31, 2012
How to take a torso length measurement.
Torso Length measurement: 1. Have a friend locate your C7 vertebra; the bony bump at the base of your neck, where the slope of your shoulder meets your neck. Tilt your head forward to locate it more easily.
2. Place your hands on the very top of your hips so you can feel your iliac crest, which creates your "hip shelf" (It's the first hard thing you feel when you run your fingers down from the sides of your ribcage).
3. Position your hands so your thumbs are reaching behind you, pointing parallel to the floor.
4. Using a flexible tape measure, have your friend measure between the C7 and the point where the tape crosses an imaginary line drawn between your thumbs. Be sure to follow the contours of the spine.