Clinical Observations: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotation

IMG_0388Planes and axes…I will have to be very clear what I am speaking about here. I am speaking about rotation in the transverse plane about a vertical axis (the vertical axis being the vertebral column itself). In order to share my clinical observations I will have to be clear about likely motion potentials of structures so we will examine facet architecture as well as soft tissue pulls/connections. Continue reading


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

Still In The Junction: The Eleventh Thoracic Vertebra

I haven’t forgotten my Osteopathic terminology – the only time I will use the term thoracic in place of dorsal is in the title of my posts! It is now time to continue up the column to the eleventh dorsal segment. 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