The central posterior tender point for C1 is located along the inferior nuchal line, lateral to the inion. This is a tender point that can be palpated bilaterally, and is associated with dysfunction of the C1 vertebrae.
The lateral posterior tender point for C1 is located between the Inion and Mastoid Process bilaterally. This tender point can be useful in determining a rotational/side bending dysfunction of the C1 vertebrae.
The posterior cervical tender points for C2-C6 are located laterally to the spinous process of the superior vertebrae. This is because the spinous process of each vertebrae descends to the next vertebrae, making the spinous process of the superior vertebrae on the same plane as the vertebrae inferior. These tender points can be palpated bilaterally.
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