Tag: oitf-neck

Trigger Points – Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

The scalene muscles produce several different problems from the torso into the arm and hand, but this is the most common complaint. Client’s Description People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and inContinue reading

Scalene Muscles – Functional Anatomy

Scalene Muscles The scalene muscles attach to the transverse processes of C2-C7 and insert into the 1st and 2nd rib trapping the 1st and second thoracic vertebrae. They laterally flex the neck and assist in inhalationContinue reading

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 butContinue reading

Semispinalis Cervicis – Functional Anatomy

Semispinalis Cervicis Semispinalis Cervicis connects the transverse processes of  T1-T6 to the spinous processes of C2-C5 trapping C6-C7. Origin – transverse processes of T1-T5 or T6 Insertion – Spinous processes of C2-C5 Function – Extension and someContinue reading

Rotatores and Multifidi – Functional Anatomy

Multifidi and Rotatores Multifidi and rotatores form a thick band of muscle that fills the lamina groove. They connect the transverse process of a vertebra to the vertebrae above it. The shortest strand is the deepest. As theContinue reading

Levator Scapula – Functional Anatomy

Levator Scapula Levator scapula is a ropy muscle that connects the scapula to the upper cervical vertebrae through the clavicle, manubrium, first rib and lower cervical vertebrae. Levator Scapula is often poorly illustrated without theContinue reading

Stretching for scalenes

Here are some specific stretches that have been recommended by many sources over the years. Clinical experience has proven them to be effective for helping the problematic effects of tight scalene muscles. I have added theContinue reading

Trigger Points – Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

Client’s Description People complain about awakening with stiff and swollen hands. Some of them have problems with tingling and sleeping hands in the night. They often get up and move their arms around until the tinglingContinue reading

Musculoskeletal Illustrations

I recently started adding some new illustrations of muscles into my blog posts. Years ago, started illustrating because I wanted to support my manuals with illustrations that struck a balance between simple and clear. I studiedContinue reading