Upper Cervical Therapy
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Reversibility of Digastric Muscle Rearrangement

A digastric muscle rearrangement, which takes place in upper cervical asymmetry sufferers, eventually makes itself undone without being noticed, because upper cervical muscles are largely atrophied and because there is a general weakening of the left side of the body. The old state of asymmetric digastric muscle conduction reappears and so the question arises: Since the digastric muscle rearrangement is not permanent, does it make any sense? The muscle rearrangement is useful if and only if symmetry of the digastric muscle conduction is controlled and maintained by the therapist and / or by the patients themselves. In such a way, a period of time has to be bridged, until the upper cervical muscles are strengthened due to the symmetrical muscle conduction and, after that period, a return to the asymmetric state is unlikely. But even after a longer time, the asymmetric state might occur again, for example, due to an impact, fall or a special burden. The situation remains unstable and must be maintained and monitored for life. The previous state of posterior digastric muscle conduction behind and under the left apophysis of the atlas appeared in the following cases:

  1. A woman had repeatedly pulled behind her a heavy weight (large bag full of wet leaves), thereby tilting and twisting her head.
  2. A lanky young man habitually twisted his head during automobile conduction.
  3. A woman in middle age had made ​​extreme twist exercises in yoga.
  4. An elderly woman made an excess effort by tree cutting.
  5. A violinist had to keep his head turned sharply to the left and tilted while practicing his profession.

In two of these cases, malaise occurred; as soon as the digastric muscle rearrangement was done, relief back came again, The problem with a later shifting of the posterior digastric muscle is that the actual event is usually not noticed by the patient. Therefore, the recurrence of certain symptoms should lead to the assumption that the diagstric muscle has shifted back.

Some of the parameters which promote shifting of the left posterior digastric muscle are the following:

  • Hypermobility of the head and neck area,
  • pronounced prior upper cervical asymmetry with severe accompanying symptoms,
  • frequent tilting and twisting of the head under vibration or effort
  • temporal proximity to the therapy.

It is a phenomenon that must be taken into account by providing enough information and, where necessary, long-term accompaniment of the patient.