The muscles of the spine have been an enigma for the Chiropractor for these last 100 years.  Muscle palpation has been used more or less intuitively by the field clinician throughout our history.  Only within the past 20 years has there been a serious attempt to document the relationship between muscular patterns of activity and the vertebral subluxation.

Dr. Spano has here shared invaluable information concerning the art of analyzing the subluxation complex "What we do" in our offices everyday has been further described, allowing for more accuracy.  It is no longer necessary to use a hit or miss approach for the correction of misalignments of the spine.  The result is a method of analyzing the spine that has surpassed other forms of spinal examination in its specificity, safety and simplicity.  No one is suggesting that we replace xray examination or newer and promising methods of imaging technologies; only that the muscles may give us the day to day feedback necessary to administer a specific Chiropractic adjustment for the needs of ongoing care.

My personal experience with muscle palpation has been one of increasing satisfaction.  Clearing out the spine is fun and easy.  Misalignments are easily detectable with this work.  The basics should be listing a subluxation; it should be like catching a fly ball in baseball for the whole profession.  Unfortunately, this has not been so. . . until now!  Dr. Spano gives you the basics.

Move over motion palpation - Advanced Muscle Palpation is simpler, reliable and does not depend on the complexities of segmental movement patterns or patient cooperation.

The fixation implicit in subluxation produces an inability for the vertebral motor units to keep in step with surrounding vertebrae.  Movement produces posture.  Posture infers position.  Misalignment is a clinical reality that represents this inability of the vertebra to come to rest naturally in any given posture.  Muscles, as stated by Dr Spano, are the only active defenders of proper joint position . . and the muscles are our greatest allies in locating the vertebral subluxation.

Until you have used Advanced Muscle Palpation and therefore this manual, I have a feeling that you probably don’t yet appreciate what you have in your hands.

- Dr. Edward Hartey

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