H3 Spinal Accessory Muscular

This point contains both spinal and accessory nerves, as indicated by its name. The spinal accessory nerve (XI) originates both from cranial roots (nucleus ambiguus in medulla) and from spinal roots (C1 to C6), and it contains both afferent (sensory) and efferent (motor) fibers. A branch of the spinal accessory nerve enters the trapezius muscle, in the middle of the upper front edge, at the point over the shoulder bridge. This point is a neuro-muscular attachment point. The H3 spinal accessory ARP appears sensitive in more than 98% of the population. The author uses a needle of no more than 2.5 cm in length and inserts the needle perpendicularly to the skin. Practitioners should be extremely careful when needling this point because the apex of the lung is just below this point (see Fig. 8-14).

Another branch of the spinal accessory nerve also innervates the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

Reiki 101

Reiki 101

Looked upon as a mysterious practice, reiki originated from Japan, around 1922. Started by a Japanese Buddhist, this practice of purported healing basically uses the palm of an individual to emit positive healing energy unto the patient. Sometimes reiki is referred to as oriental style treatment by professional medical bodies.

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