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Counterstrain: Anterior Cervical Tender Points

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Counterstrain: Anterior Cervical Tender Points

Counter-strainer: Anteater Cervical-cat Tenderizer Point
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Tender points are a useful tool in identifying somatic dysfunction and the effectiveness of counterstrain to the area. Cervical tender points can be found both anteriorly or posteriorly. Tender points will be edematous, tender to touch, without radiation.
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ANTERIOR TENDER POINTS
AC1: Posterior Ramus of the Mandible
Cervical-cat (1) Wand: Post-terrier Ray Mandible-man

The anterior tender point for C1 is located on the posterior ramus of the mandible, and can be found bilaterally. This tender point may be related to muscular tensions, or a rotation/sidebending dysfunction to C1. The muscle targeted is the rectus capitis anterior

AC2 - AC6: Anterior Surfaces of the Transverse Process
Cervical-cats with (2) Tutu and (6) Sax: Anteater Surfaces of the Train

The anterior tender points for C2 - C6 are located on the anterior surfaces of the transverse processes. These correspond to the affected vertebrae. These can usually be felt within the posterior triangle of the neck bilaterally. These tender points largely involve the longus capitis and longus colli muscles.

AC7: Clavicle Attachment of the Sternocleidomastoid
Cervical-cat with Lucky (7) Slot-machine: Clavicle Attached to Sternum-clavicle-mustard

The anterior cervical tender point is located at the clavicular attachments of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. This is approximately 1 cm lateral to the sternal end of the clavicle.

AC8: Sternal Attachment of the Sternocleidomastoid
Cervical-cat (8) Ball: Sternum Attached to Sternum-clavicle-mustard

The anterior cervical tender point is located at the sternal attachment of the sternocleidomastoid. This tender point is located just medial to the sternal end of the clavicle, at the suprasternal notch.

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