Simplified Listings Derived from Muscular Tension

 Integration of paravertebral muscular reflex action into your assessment of the misalignment should allow you more consistent, and accurate analytical conclusions.  Conversely, muscles that "present" themselves for analytical interpretation, while offering a listing derived from an inherent biomechanical vantage, often produce a simplified directional listing code.  Serving as examples below are hypothetical muscular findings that would be extrapolated into the subsequent listings.  For example, perhaps only one major muscle is accessible. Note that these muscles only yield a partial listing; but one that still allows a more precise line of drive than is often possible without such information.

Examples of Working Muscles and Subsequent Listings

- Among the upper cervical muscles only the left Superior Oblique and the First Branch Levator Scapula on the right are established as working.

Indications - right laterality of the Atlas while the left superior articulating facet is displaced anteriorward, relative to the matching left occipital condyle, which is posterior.

- After any C-1 involvement has been ruled out or corrected let us assume your findings include left Rectus Capitis Posterior Major working action.  Perhaps the Second Branch Levator Scapula does not give any sure indications, but the S.C.M. is also subtly active on the left.

Indications - posterior misalignment of the Axis vertebra with spinous deviation to the right; possible posterior mastoid on the left due to head rotation subsequent to the Axis misalignment.

- A Multifidus is displaying an increase in tension and interpreted as working at the T-2 level on the right.

Indications - possible posterior misalignment of T-2 with spinous displacement to the left.

- A working Erector Spinae band is apparent over the left Illiac crest.  The sacrum may be involved, as attached guarding muscles are also palpated, consistent with a shift of the Sacral apex to the right.

Indications - the Pelvic misalignment would be addressed first as it may also be the cause of the seeming Sacral activity. The working Erector Spinae would indicate possible posterity and inferiority of the posterior superior Illiac spine. Once the Pelvis has been adjusted, the Sacrum can be reevaluated.