Entries by Chris Stapleton

Dynamic Motion X-Ray (DMX) Imaging Visualises Spinal Movement

“The Digital Motion X-Ray (DMX) imaging at the American private spinal surgery company ‘NeuroSpine Institute‘ is being used to identify injuries from a car accident or disc injury often missed by traditional X-rays and MRIs. The doctor can access diagnostic information in minutes instead of hours or days.” N.B. C2/3 and L sidebending /rotation restriction? Also, interesting to see the stability […]

‘Poetry in Water’ – ‘Hybrid’ CST Video

Although we don’t talk about CST very often, this film is well worth watching. The practitioner in this short film, Steve Karle, says he is synthesising Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with a number of other approaches, including Alexander Technique and elements of dance ‘based on on alignment, precision and neutrality’. Watching the film, I found myself fascinated […]

The RTM and Venous Sinuses

Dr. Robert Acland narrates a video illustrating the anatomy of the dural venous sinuses, and the related neurological and osteological structures. Particularly interesting to see the Cavernous Sinus in coronal cross-section at 5:40.   REFERENCES Dr. Robert Acland, ‘Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy Neuroanatomy’ YouTube standard license https://aclandanatomy.com/

TMJ Anatomy And Function

I see a lot of patients with varying grades of TMJ dysfunction – from vague aching following dental intervention or bite change, to disc disorders in the joint and associated complexes of muscle tightness and pain with wider musculoskeletal consequences. The TMJ joint demonstrates a two-phase mechanical movement during opening, mainly consisting of hinging then sliding/hinging movements of […]

The Rhoton Collection – State-Of-The-Art Dissection

The renowned neurosurgeon, Albert J. Rhoton Jnr M.D. presents this incredible series of dissections of the anterior skull base. Intended for use as revision for neurosurgeons involved with learning an endoscopic approach, the anatomy presented here helps to illustrate the relationship between these structures and shows just how closely-packed the cranial contents are. Anatomy As You’ve […]

Cranial Foraminae And Their Contents – HD Anatomy

An understanding of the anatomy of the skull is essential when working with the cranial mechanism. Learning the skull foraminae and their contents provides a particular challenge, but is also absolutely fundamental in this approach. It has been said that the most effective way to learn this is to sit down in front of a skull specimen with a copy of Gray’s in one […]

The Sphenoid Bone – Quick Anatomy

While learning skull osteology, students often have trouble in orientating the sphenoid in relation to the other bones of the neurocranium and viscerocranium, and learning its many foraminae and features. This is perfectly understandable, as the sphenoid is an anatomically complex bone that fulfils many roles – housing the pituitary, forming part of the orbit, […]

The Vagus Nerve – Anxiety, Un-learning Fear and PTSD

The vagus nerve has multiple branches that innervate many of our organs, including the heart, lungs and stomach, and much more. However, a new Swiss study by Melanie Klarer et al published in May this year in the Journal of Neuroscience, has shown how afferent vagus pathways are able to modulate our fear and anxiety response, and also affect our ability […]

Brain Anatomy 101

Grab a cup of coffee, and in just under 20 minutes you will have completed a basic primer in brain anatomy, provided by these two videos from Anatomy Zone on YouTube. Once you’re done, you can test yourself at this site run by the University of Utah (part of the Visible Human Project), which challenges you with […]