Massage Therapy suboccipital trigger

This may be a surprise to many people, but the body is connected. We talk about muscle patterns and syndromes in the body. There are some things that happened that we really cannot explain. Some people have theories, but there is so much we do not understand about the body. Suboccipital muscle inhibition technique is one that astonishes many people. By working the muscles at the base of the head we see reactions in other places in the body. One is on the hamstring muscles.

Working the suboccipital muscles has shown a decrease in hamstring hypertonicity as it is related to its flexibility. Working the trigger points of the suboccipital muscles showed a functional improvement in the hamstrings. There are several potential reasons for this that is fairly complicated to explain.

The phenomenon of working the suboccipital muscles has been the study of several papers. More information for therapeutic treatments utilizing Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Chiropractic can be directed to Google+.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Volume 32, Issue 4 , Pages 262-269, May 20099

Immediate Effects of the Suboccipital Muscle Inhibition Technique in Subjects With Short Hamstring Syndrome

Érika Quintana Aparicio, DO, Luis Borrallo Quirante, PT, Cleofás Rodríguez Blanco, DO, Francisco Alburquerque Sendín, PhD



The purpose of this study is to identify the effects of the suboccipital muscle inhibition technique in patients with short hamstring syndrome by means of tests designed to evaluate the elasticity of the hamstring muscles and pressure algometry of myofascial trigger points.


Randomized clinical trial (pre and postintervention). The study population comprised young adult students following their studies at the Physiotherapy School at the University of Extremadura (Spain) and footballers from an Extremadura Football Club with short hamstring syndrome. The sample (70 subjects = 47 male and 23 female) was randomly divided into a control group (n = 34) and an intervention group (n = 36). Mean sample age was 23.40 ± 3.82 years. The control group was subjected to a placebo technique, whereas the intervention group was subjected to the suboccipital muscle inhibition technique. Pre and postintervention evaluation was used for the assessment of hamstring elasticity, and pressure algometry was also used (myofascial trigger points). Statistical analyses were performed using the SPSS 14.5 package (SPSS Inc, Chicago, Ill), comparing the sample between groups (Kolmorogov-Smirnov test, Student t test, 2-way analysis of variance [ANOVA], the χ2 test).


The distribution of the quantitative variables was normal, and the mean time doing physical activity per week was 2.82 ± 4.03 hours. Two-way ANOVA afforded statistically significant results for the finger-floor test, straight leg raise test-left, straight leg raise test-right, left popliteal angle test (P values < .001),="" and="" right="" popliteal="" angle="" test="" (p=".005)." for="" pressure="" algometry,="" only="" the="" right="" semimembranosus="" muscle="" afforded="" statistically="" significant="" differences="" (p="">


According to the finger-floor distance test, the straight leg raise test, and the popliteal angle test, the suboccipital muscle inhibition technique modified the elasticity of the hamstring muscles for this group of subjects. The suboccipital muscle inhibition technique modifies the pressure algometry of the semimembranosus muscle but does not modify that of the semitendinosus muscle or biceps femoris.

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