This routine is one of the most useful back routines in neuromuscular. It is the “spinal adjustment” of neuromuscular work. Multiple passes of gentle friction loosen the fixated vertebrae and release the interspinal muscles. This routine treats many layers of muscle but has particular focus on the multifidi, rotatores, and the semispinalis muscles.
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Multifidi and rotatores are interspinous muscles that manage tension and balance between vertebrae.
I have clients who find it relaxing, and request it as a regular part of their treatment.lamina-groove
This routine is from The WorkBook of Classical Neuromuscular Therapy. Created at the ASHA School of Massage, it has been used to train thousands of therapists for more than 15 years.
These routines are intended for mindful review by bodywork professionals and are not appropriate as self-care for non-professionals. Self-injury could occur.
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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points, and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.
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