Palpation lists: Head and Neck

Palpation lists: Head and Neck

Bones
  • Mandible
  • Occiput
  • Central processes C2-7
  • Transverse processes C2-7
  • Clavicle
  • First Rib
  • Mastoid process
  • Angle of the mandible
  • Hyoid

What are you looking for?

  • Stiffness of the joints.
  • Reproduction of patient’s symptoms.
  • Pain radiating away from the cervical spine (ie could be neurogenic referral)
Muscles
  • Upper trapezuis
  • Supraspinatus
  • Spelnius capitis
  • Levator scapulae
  • Middle scalene
  • Sternocleidomastoid

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