CLINICAL TAPING
INTRODUCTION
Splenius Capitus

Anatomy

Origin

spinous processes of C7-T4

Insertion

mastoid process of the temporal & occipital bone

Action

(Bilateral)-extension of the head.
(Unilateral)-ipsilateral flexion & rotation of the head

Clinical information

Symptoms

Pain appears in the neck, vertex, temples and eyes. A stiff neck with pain limits the range of motion, but it is less worse than the condition caused by levator scapulae. Such symptoms mostly appear in patients with the prolonged anterior head positioning with rounded shoulders.

Related muscle

Synergistic with semispinalis capitis and cervicis, levator scapulae, upper trapezius, and neck flexor muscles; Antagonist with sternocleidomastoid.

Taping

Required Tape : 5cm, Y Tape
Patient position : Sitting
How to Tape

Place the base of the Y-shaped tape over the center of T4 spine.
Apply the tape towards the mastoid process while flexing & rotating the head contra-lateral side.
You may apply the tape along the side of hairline toward the mastoid process.

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