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Therapist Notes – Semispinalis cervicis

This is almost always relieved when atlas is mobilized. That can be done with a number of techniques including cranial, intra-oral and anterior cervical NMT. Anatomy Review. This protocol loosens the suboccipital region, which, as a rule of thumb, is the first step in treating around the cervical spine. This pain pattern is often used …

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Self Care – Headache at the base of your head

Self-care is focused on stretching and avoiding compression of the neck just under the skull. The trigger point will release and the headache/tension is relieved when the upper and mid cervicals are able to move without binding restrictions. Avoid postures where you jut your chin forward and compress the top of the neck. This is …

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Therapy Notes – Suboccipital Muscles

This is probably the single most important area to treat. This post has illustrations of each muscle including the anterior and lateral muscles. Entire bodywork practices are built on treating the upper cervical region because it impacts the entire body. It changes the pelvic balance, digestion, polyvagal regulation, Forward-Head Posture, and much more.  Sub-occipitals strap the …

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Self Care – Headache All Over Or In A Band Around The Head

Avoid the activities that aggravate this like jutting your chin forward to look at the computer screen, bobbing your head up and down as when discussing the expensive wine list or craning your head up to paint the crown molding. If you watch videos of people painting crown molding, You’ll see that most of them …

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Semispinalis Capitis – Functional Anatomy

Semispinalis Capitis Semispinalis Capitis connects the C4-T7 to the occipital bone trapping C1-C3. Dissection studies vary in their report of attachments on the thoracic vertebrae. They show that they not only vary in which vertebrae are attached but also that some slips attach to the transverse or spinous processes. Origin – transverse processes of C7-T6 or T7 and …

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Fragile Low Back with SI Joint Pain

This is one of several posts about a stiff, fragile low back. A stiff low back is usually a combination of a binding intervertebral joint with more than one muscle involved. If you have a stiff low back, you should compare these posts. These people complain of sharp pain in the low back that feels like it …

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Pain Along One Side of the Sacrum

These people complain of pain up and down their sacrum on one side. When I ask where it hurts, they straighten their fingers and place their index and thumb along their sacrum, slightly to one side. They complain of pain when bending forward. It may be dull or sharp, depending on how long they have let it …

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Rotatores and Multifidi – Functional Anatomy

Multifidi and Rotatores Multifidi and rotatores form a thick band of muscles that fill the lamina groove. They connect the transverse process of a vertebra to the vertebrae above it. The shortest strand is the deepest. As the strands lengthen to span more vertebrae, they become more superficial. Multifidi and rotatores form a thick band of muscle that …

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