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Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
The Ligamentum Nuchae
By Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB
In a recent article published in Clinical Anatomy,1 Dean and Richard clarified some of the anatomical detail of the upper cervical connective tissue elements.I think their results are exciting for anyone utilizing craniosacral techniques and/or treating cervicogenic headache.
The ligamentum nuchae is that well-developed portion of the supraspinous ligament in the cervical region. It runs from the external occipital protuberance along the tips of the spinous processes of the cervical vertebrae, to the tip of the spinous process of the vertebra prominens (usually C7). The supraspinous ligament can be considered the superficial continuation of the interspinous ligament. This latter ligament runs between the adjacent vertebrae extending from the base to the tip of each spinous process. The ligamentum nuchae is formed primarily from the aponeurotic attachments of the adjacent and subjacent musculature. From superficial to deep, these muscles are the trapezius; rhomboideus minor; splenius capitis; and the serratus posterior superior.
Dean and Richard found direct fibrous attachments between the ligamentum nuchae and the spinal dura - between the occiput and C1, and between C1 and C2. They found attachments to the ligamentum flavum and the spinal dura between C2 and C3. These were not as prominent as the attachments at superior levels. They did not find any direct connections between the spinal dura and the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM), as had been previously reported.2 However, they did find a connective tissue band that ran from the deep surface of the RCPM to the posterior atlanto-occipital membrane. This thin membrane runs from the posterior margin of the foramen magnum to the upper border of the posterior arch of C1.
It is interesting to note that although most of the cranial dura are innervated by the trigeminal nerve (CNV), the infratentorial portion (the portion inferior to the cerebellar tent) is innervated by upper cervical nerves. It is tempting to speculate how working the suboccipital soft tissue elements might have a positive impact on relieving cervicogenic headaches. We may be able to effect this end by using several different techniques, including craniosacral, Swedish and counterstrain, among others.
Of further interest for consideration would be to review the anatomy of the transition of the dura from the cranium to the vertebral canal. The cranial dura is comprised of two layers: the outer or endosteal layer, and the inner or meningeal layer. These two layers are contiguous throughout most of the cranial cavities, except where they part to allow for the formation of the dural sinuses. The outer layer also ends at its attachment around the foramen magnum. However, at this latter point, the inner layer continues through the foramen magnum to become the spinal dura. The periosteum of the vertebral canal is the equivalent of the outer layer of cranial dura.
In summary, we see several cervical elements associated with the cranial dura mater by their connection to the spinal dura. The ligamentum nuchae directly attaches to the spinal dura, as does the ligamentum flavum, to a lesser degree. The upper cervical nerves serve the sensory innervation of both the cervical spinal dura and the cranial dura in the posterior cranial fossa. These same nerves supply the sensory elements of the muscles of the deep back and skin over the back. Although the trapezius is innervated by the accessory nerve, its sensory innervation derives from the upper cervical nerves.
A therapist could spend quite some time on the back of a client's neck, and achieve results well-worth the time spent.
Click here for previous articles by Neal Cross, PhD, NCTMB.
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