Preparation massage: the patient is placed lying in dorsal decubitus, with the head on the ground without a pillow. The therapist is sitting with the patient’s head between his thighs. He massages the paravertebral muscles of the cervical area starting from D-1 vertebra to the sub-occipital area by applying pressure – pulling (towards the head) with fingers 2, 3 and 4. The massage is performed in 5 points and there are three repetitions.
The extension of the cervical vertebrae: the therapist places his soles on the patient’s shoulders, grabs the occipital area of the patient with his hands, moves backwards with his buttocks as much as his posture allows, then he extends the patient’s neck through gentle pulling, counterpoising by securing the patient’s shoulders with his legs. He repeats the motion, this time in the terminus point of the extension, with a sudden, short pull of the patient’s head towards himself, in horizontal position. Caution! The thumb should not touch the patient’s neck in its anterior area, as it is not a part of this procedure!!!