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Iliocostalis – Functional anatomy

Overview of anatomy Iliocostalis is part of the erector spinae group, which also includes longissimus and spinalis. Iliocostalis, like the others, has 3 sections. All 9 sections of the erector spinae are gathered into a fascial compartment that extends along the spine. It is confusing to look at realistic illustrations of these muscles. Some Illustrations …

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Anatomy for Massage and Bodywork

Anatomy for Massage and Bodywork is a collection of posts with illustrations that focus on relationships that interest the massage and bodywork practitioner. Understanding the relationship between muscles and their local joints is critical in effective Integrative Bodywork. Each muscle has illustrations that highlight the bones of attachments, and the bones trapped between the attachments. …

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Occipitalis – Functional Anatomy

Occipitalis is part of a larger structure called the epicranius or occipitofrontalis muscle. The epicranius consists of the frontalis muscle and the occipitalis muscle which are joined by a fascial structure called the galea aponeurotica. The Occipitalis located on the posterolateral cranium. It has notable variations in area and thickness from person to person. Inferiorly, …

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Iliotibial Tract and Fascia Lata – Functional Anatomy

The fascia lata is the deep fascia that wraps the outer thigh. It attaches superiorly to the crest of the Ilium and inguinal ligament continues onto the pubic rami, ischial tuberosity, sacrotuberous ligament, coccyx and sacrum. Distally it thickens as it attaches to the proximal tibia. It offers elastic stability, much like a compression stocking …

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Sternocleidomastoid – Functional Anatomy

Sternocleidomastoid Anatomy. The sternocleidomastoid is a two-headed muscle that extends obliquely along the lateral neck. Origin: The sternal head attaches to the superior aspect of the manubrium. The clavicular head attaches to the medial third of the clavicle. Insertion: Both heads merge and attach to the mastoid process of the temporal bone and lateral third …

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Pelvic Ligaments – Functional Anatomy

The major osseous structures of the pelvis are wrapped in a complex fascial structure that, like the osseous structures change and evolve as we age. In the first two decades, we have more boney pieces held together by cartilaginous plates that fuse as decades pass. Eventually, in our 4th or 5th decade, all of the …

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