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Therapist Notes – Semispinalis cervicis

This headache at the base of the head is almost always relieved by mobilizing the atlas. Several techniques, including cranial, intra-oral, and anterior cervical NMT mobilize the atlas. The common mistake is to spend too much time behind the atlas. After loosening the posterior musculature, the atlas needs to move back into a mobile positon. …

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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 at the base of the head 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 …

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How I became a fan of Active Isolated Stretching.

In the mid-90s, I had a client. Let’s call him Rastus. I used craniostructural techniques to, at first, deal with his headaches. They, however, made big differences in his demeanor. Rastus was in his early 40s and pretty aggressive but the cranial work made him surprisingly agreeable. His wife paid for him to get weekly sessions. Rastus loved …

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