Cervical Revolution – Lincoln, NE – Course Review

Written By: Louise Kelley

We were honored this past weekend to present Cervical Revolution to attendees from multiple disciplines across the country and world wide.  Eleven countries were represented, reflecting the growing strong interest in Postural Restoration!

Cervical Revolution introduces to the attendee the immense impact that position and triplanar movement of the cervical spine and the occipital-atlas articulations have on the efficiency of movement patterns, such as walking and chewing, and on the patency of the foramen magnum, ensuring unimpeded flow of nerve tracts, blood, and cerebral spinal fluid and the health of the cranial nerves housed within the brain stem.

We introduce a new chain of muscles, the temporal-mandibular-cervical chain (TMCC) that, like the anterior chain and brachial chain, becomes overactive on one or both sides. Typically, activity of the right TMCC is in cahoots with the left AIC and right BC, further driving us to our right side for safety when upright against gravity.  Right TMCC overactivity is reflected in asymmetrical cervical test findings and asymmetrical faces and bites.

We spent extensive time discussing and coaching non-manual techniques (and one manual technique), some unique to this course and others borrowed from our primary courses, allowing us to appreciate their impact on the neck and cranium, not simply the pelvis and thorax.

We are grateful to those who asked questions and provided feedback following technique performance.  A special thank you to Ashley Kaploe, DDS, who offered her dental expertise to the occlusion discussions.  And thank you to our in-person lab avatars who greatly enhanced our understanding of tests and techniques: Kentaro Ishii, ATC, PRT; Ashley Kaploe; Emily Schulz, DPT; Kyle Shunkwiler, DC; and Shinri Suzukawa, PT, PRP.

It is my sincere wish that all attendees now have the confidence to begin assessing necks, faces, and smiles.  Your patients-clients will be the better for it!

The temporal bones mirror the ilia of the pelvis and should exhibit alternating internal and external rotation, depending on the leg you’re standing on.