Suboccipital Release

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Suboccipital Release

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Used for removing the restriction in lymphatic flow as well as to increase parasympathetic tone due to vagal stimulation

Steps for Treatment:

  1. The patient is supine while the doctor is standing or seated at the head of the table.
  2. The physician rests the patient’s occiput in their hands, then place finger pads in the upper cervical region and slides up until they hook underneath the occiput.
    • Finger pads should be in contact with the trapezius and immediate underlying suboccipital musculature
  3. The physician slowly and gently applies pressure anteriorly and cephalad and sustains pressure for 30 seconds to a minute, or until feeling the tissues release and the patient’s head falls into the hands

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