Palpation Tips For The Sternocleidomastoid

Palpation Tips on October 15th, 2010 No Comments

I am not sure why  popular textbooks and most instructors teach the approach commonly used to palpate and treat the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM). Here is a clinical tip that will ensure better success in actually accessing the deep belly of the SCM. The client is position supine and the practitioner is seated – with one hand under the head, flex the head and neck, then rotate the head and neck to the same side. This allows the SCM to fall away from underlying structures that are often considered endangerments, like the carotid artery. Using a pincer palpation technique move towards the midline of the body and encircle the deep belly of the SCM, manipulation friction, trigger point therapy and strain counterstrain techniques can then be effectively applied. This approach works well for both bellies of the Sternocleidomastoid.

Pain in the neck?

Pain & Injury on October 13th, 2010 No Comments

levatorWhy is the Levator Scapulae such a Pain in the neck? Here are some theories – 1) This muscle actually physically twists around itself and attaches onto the transverse processes of C1-C4, therefore increasing the tension within the muscle fibers. 2) This muscle is responsible for stabilizing the head which can weigh up to 19 pounds and the common Forward head posture increases the tension on the Levator Scapulae significantly. I would love to hear other thoughts on why this muscle is such a Nasty Fibrotic, Trigger Point Infested, Pain in the Neck!

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Why MyoFinder™ for Massage Therapy and Bodywork Professionals & Students?

Why MyoFinder™ on September 24th, 2010 9 Comments

Teres-MajorThe primary focus of the Massage Therapy and Bodywork profession is working on and with the muscular & fascial systems of the body. Understanding the muscles location and the role each muscle plays in human movement helps the therapist determine which assessments to perform to isolate the problematic muscular and fascial regions.

A solid working knowledge of the musculoskeletal system not only guides, but also helps direct the treatment technique that is selected, as well as the actual treatment approach used for each unique client situation. Knowing the anatomy of the body will instill confidence and foster positive results for Massage Therapy students and professional Bodywork & Massage Therapists.

MyoFinder™ helps you refine your knowledge base of the various muscles and anatomy of the body or even study for an exam.

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Why MyoFinder™ for the Chiropractic Professionals & Students?

Why MyoFinder™ on September 23rd, 2010 2 Comments

skeleton2The muscles play a critical role in the health and the position of the body’s joints. MyoFinder™ is a quick and easy reference tool to identify the muscles’ actions on the various joints and how they may be creating a spinal or peripheral joint misalignment. As a Chiropractic professional and/or student, having this information at your fingertips can help direct clinical decisions for the best possible assessments and treatments for each patient. Joint subluxation/misalignment can cause muscle spasm and resultant nerve compression; it is imperative that Chiropractors have a comprehensive knowledge base of the muscular system to assist in the correction of spinal subluxation.

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Why MyoFinder™ for the Physical Therapy Professionals & Students?

Why MyoFinder™ on September 22nd, 2010 6 Comments

VideoThe primary focus of Physical Therapy is to help people recover from injury and increase each patient’s physical capacity and ability to adapt to any permanent disability. Rehabilitation exercises and fitness instruction requires a specialized knowledge base and skill set associated with the musculo-skeletal system. MyoFinder™ is a quick and easy reference tool that assists the Physical Therapist in making important clinical decisions related to the muscles’ role in Gait, Range of Motion, Strength, and Posture. This critical information can help design appropriate treatment plans that address the specific weaknesses, limited range of motion, faulty posture and improve the overall functional capacity of the individual patient.

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Why MyoFinder™ for the Medical Professional & Student?

Why MyoFinder™ on September 21st, 2010 Comments Off

MyoFinderiPhoneHome300As a medical professional and/or med student, there is a plethora of information to digest in the field of medicine and the assessment tools and treatment options have grown exponentially. MyoFinder™ provides a fun and easy way to review the musculo-skeletal anatomy on your hand held device. The most critical aspect of medical care is making a differential diagnosis to rule out serious illness and or disease. As high as 50% of medical visits are musculo-skeletal problems, so knowing the musculo-skeletal system and the role it plays in common pain complaints is imperative for both students and working professionals.

MyoFinder™ can help you prepare for an exam or it can help you refine your knowledge base of the various muscles of the body. The muscular system can cause referred pain that often mimics common pathologies seen in medical practice.

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