What Does My Mid Back Have To Do With My Sciatic Pain?!?!

birdplanesupermanAs I grow in my Osteopathic journey, and really my life, it is interesting to note how many things are directly in front of us and easily accessible yet seemingly unused. One such case is the very basic anatomy of the spinal cord and the vertebral column. When looking back through posts I have made on this site I have always made specific use of the term vertebral column as I do not consider the spinal cord as synonymous with it and I definitely do not consider the term spinal column accurate or useful. As we go through this short journey I will make it clear why! Continue reading


The Twelfth Thoracic Vertebra

To keep this next group of Marion Clark posts more in line with Osteopathic scholarship I will generally refer to thoracic vertebrae as dorsal vertebrae (we have to keep the language of Osteopathy alive!). That being said, it is now time to take a look at the twelfth dorsal segment. Continue reading

I Have Had Enough! The Twelfth Rib

Finally at the twelfth rib! The twelfth rib is a floating rib (as is the eleventh) due to having no attachment to the sternum. As with the eleventh rib, the twelfth acts very much as a fulcrum for the ribs above when its inferior musculature contracts to fix it in place. Continue reading