Advanced Muscle Palpation (AMP) is an elegant form of spinal analysis that determines the level and listing of vertebral subluxation based on the relationship between spinal muscular patterns of activity. Recognizing that the neurological system is aware of its own biomechanical needs, AMP uses the sophisticated mechanisms of neurology to analyze the subluxation. This technique will help you locate, analyze and know what line of drive for the correction of vertebral subluxation to take. Integration of paravertebral muscular reflex action into your assessment of vertebral subluxation should allow 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 an example is a hypothetical working muscular finding that would be extrapolated into the subsequent listings: Example 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. The protection of the central nervous system by osseous strutuces such as the skull and vertebrae suggest its importance to the organism. It is no surprise then that the vertebrae are knit together by many tough ligamentous structures and stabilized by hundreds of small muscles. The muscles which attach directly to the vertebral processes are stretch sensitive due to their inherent muscle spindles and sensory innervation. The mechanism which causes the muscle to respond is called the stretch reflex, i.e. misalignment occurs,the central nervous is system informed and consequently commands contraction of the stretched muscle or muscles. These muscles are attempting then to correct the misalignment by pulling toward the proper positioning of the joints. The method of analysis of these muscles is palpation. Palpation is both natural and convenientas the Chiropractor uses his hands for survey and evaluation of the musculature.
Upon completion of this seminar, participants are expected to be able to: