Free Technique Sample #2

Suboccipital Temporalis and General Scalp: Sidelying

Myofascial Release Technique

Purpose:
This Myofascial Release Technique is a natural continuation of the Lateral Neck Release. The temporalis is an area of tremendous fascial restriction and is very underrated in the amount of tensile force it can generate throughout the body.

 You can spend considerable time releasing the fascia surrounding the skull. To do so, will add greatly to the general cervical fascial release and should always be included. The best tool to use is the fingertips. The movement and direction are not as important as the speed and intent to melt this fascial sheath.

Positioning:

Client: Sidelying

Therapist: Stand on a stool with your knee at the mid shoulder of your client for support, or stand alongside your client and use your fingertips or palms.

Technique:


Suboccipital
Use either your thumb or your fingertips of your furtherist hand (i.e. if you are treating the right side, use your left hand), and glide along the mastoid process in three to four small strokes toward the midline of the body. You can spend some time with these strokes releasing the deep fascial attachmentsalong the occipital ridge. In addition, do three to four strokes, moving cephalad to caudal, which begins to release the large ligament nuchae.

Temporalis
Support the client's head with one hand. Use the fingertips of your other hand begin to spread the temporalis fascia, moving caudal to cephalad. Remember to slow down and try to get a sense of the tissue melting and releasing - not pushing or forcing. Note: release the small but generally very tight fascia surrounding the auricularis superior and aruicularis posterior muscles.

Scalp Fascia
With the fingertips of one hand (supporting the head with the other hand, if needed) begin to release the galea aponeurotica.

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