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September/October 2012

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FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY Client Homework—Supine Spinal Twist 1. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet together flat on the floor. 2. Lay your arms out at your sides. 3. Elongate your spine and relax your shoulders onto the floor. 4. Breathe deeply and let both legs fall to one side as the spine rotates and the trunk lengthens. 5. Return the knees to center, then repeat on the other side. onfly Media Group 5/09 1/09 5/09 ncott Williams & Wilkins re 07.22 : Functional Anatomy: A Guide of Musculoskeletal omy for Profs Palpating Internal Oblique Positioning: client supine. 1. Stand at the client's side facing the abdomen and locate the inferior edge of the rib cage with your palm. 2. Slide your hand inferiorly, into the space between the inferior edge of the rib cage and the iliac crest. 3. Locate the sloping fibers of the internal oblique as it angles inferiorly and posteriorly toward the lateral iliac crest. 4. Have the client gently lift and turn the trunk to the same side to assure proper location. Editor's note: The Client Homework element in Functional Anatomy is intended as a take-home resource for clients experiencing issues with the profiled muscle. The stretches identified in Functional Anatomy should not be performed within massage sessions or progressed by massage therapists, in order to comply with state laws and maintain scope of practice. Christy Cael is a licensed massage therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Her private practice focuses on injury treatment, biomechanical analysis, craniosacral therapy, and massage for clients with neurological issues. She is the author of Functional Anatomy: Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Palpation for Manual Therapists (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009). Contact her at 56 massage & bodywork september/october 2012

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