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Anterior Neck Flexors and Extensors
There are many muscles in the neck area that control neck flexion or extension. Generally, all the muscles in the front of the neck are called anterior neck flexors and assist in the movement of drawing the head forward. All the muscles at the back of the neck are considered neck extensors and work to draw the head back. Ideally, both neck flexors and extensors work as a synchronized team to balance the head and keep the spine aligned. In many cases, one set of muscles is overworked and in a state of tension whereas the other set of muscles are weak and not very active or strong. An indicator of an imbalance in these groups of muscles in the neck is ongoing sinus problems.
The picture above is of a left arm in anterior view, meaning it’s showing the inside of the arm with the left thumb on the side of the brachioradialis muscle that is shown in blue. The muscle originates on the lateral supercondylar ridge of the humerus and attaches to the styloid process of the radius. Its main action is to flex the arm at the elbow (drawing the hand up). Therefore it could be said that people with strong forearm muscles would likely have good digestion.
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This muscle originates deep in the neck and is attached to the transverse processes of cervical vertebrae one to four. The muscle then travels down to the shoulder area and attaches to the medial border of the scapula.
Muscles Associated with the Spleen
Most of the muscles associated with the spleen are in the back of the body and indicate that healthy back muscles also support a healthy digestive system as well as a healthy spine.
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