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98 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a y / j u n e 2 0 1 7 THE JAW/CERVICAL TECHNIQUE Along with other awareness-building techniques for the jaw and neck (see "Gentle Techniques for the Jaw and TMJ," Massage & Bodywork, January/February 2017) in our Advanced Myofascial Techniques trainings at, we use the Jaw/Cervical Technique as a way for clients with neck or jaw issues to practice new movement options. This technique uses gentle pressure to increase awareness of the muscles and deepest structures of Watch Til Luchau's technique videos and read his past articles in Massage & Bodywork's digital edition, available at,, and on's Facebook page. "Jaw/Cervical Technique" Notes 1. Todd Hargrove, Better Movement, "The Skill of Relaxation," September 23, 2008, accessed March 2017, the-skill-of-relaxation. www.bettermovement. org/blog/2008/the-skill-of-relaxation. 2. P. O. Eriksson, H. Zafar, E. Nordh, "Concomitant Mandibular and Head-Neck Movements During Jaw Opening-Closing in Man," Journal of Oral Rehabilitation 25, no. 11 (November 1998): 859–70. 3. J. Chew (Producer), "Cervicogenic Headache with Toby Hall," audio podcast, October 2, 2016, http://; M. J. Ellis, J. J. Leddy, and B. Willer, "Physiological, Vestibulo-Ocular and Cervicogenic Post-Concussion Disorders: An Evidence-Based Classification System with Directions for Treatment," Brain Injury 29, no. 2 (2015): 238–48; D. M. Biondi, "Cervicogenic Headache: A Review of Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies," The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 105 (April 2005): 16S–22S. 4. Prin Chitsantikul and Werner J. Becker, "Treatment of Cervicogenic Headache: New Insights on the Treatment of Pain in the Neck," Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 42, no. 6 (2015): 357–359; Simon Akerman, Bruce Simon, Marcela Romero- Reyes, "Vagus Nerve Stimulation Suppresses Acute Noxious Activation of Trigeminocervical Neurons in Animal Models of Primary Headache," Neurobiology of Disease 102 (2017): 96–104; José G. Speciali and Fabíolam Dach, "Temporomandibular Dysfunction and Headache Disorder," Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain 55, no. 1 (2015): 72–83. 5. TMJ Association, "TMJ Science Overview," January 7, 2016, accessed March 2017, Til Luchau is a Certified Advanced Rolfer, the author of Advanced Myofascial Techniques (Handspring Publishing, 2016) and a member of the faculty, which offers distance learning and in-person seminars throughout the United States and abroad. He welcomes questions or comments via and Advanced-'s Facebook page. The ligaments and facet joint capsules (violet) of the posterior neck can also be gently palpated during active jaw depression, helping clients feel any movement at the deepest and most subtle levels. Image courtesy Primal Pictures, used by permission. 2 the posterior neck (Image 2). And, since neck tension, jaw tension, and the above- mentioned trigeminocervical nucleus are each implicated in cervicogenic (neck- related) headaches, migraine headaches, and temporomandibular joint disorders, 4 this technique can be a useful and relevant self-care tool for clients dealing with any of these common complaints, or for each of us whose necks or jaws are sometimes more tense than needed. Why not take another second right now to let your own jaw gently fall open once more, as the back of your neck remains long, easy, and relaxed.

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