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Occipital Pivot

Post by WaltFritz » Fri May 11, 2007 7:05 am

I've seen this heading (MFR Products) for a while, but have yet to contribute. One of my favorite self-treatment tools, as well as treatment aids, is the Occipital Pivot (or Occipivot), from Chattanooga Group, Inc. It was molded from a pair of hands, set in the position that one uses during an occipital condyle release. Flexible, but rigid enough to do the work, self use "marinates" the sub-occipital region, making the actual release that the therapist performs a bit easier on the fingers. Used as a home tool, it works great to further gains in the clinic as well as various individually reported successes (gets some out of pre-migraine state, spot reduces headaches, etc.). Really a nice adjunct to MFR treatment, as well as I'm sure many other types of work. Not a substuitute for trained hands, just an aide to help the process. Chattanooga makes a few other similar products that I'll comment on in the future. If you've tried the Occipital Pivot, let me know what you think of it.
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Post by palpable » Fri May 11, 2007 7:21 am

Hope you don't mind, Walt, but I added a link.

http://www.myofascialpainrelief.com/tools.html

Looks like a nice tool. I use something for self care that looks similar, called Ben's Block and totally love it.
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Post by WaltFritz » Fri May 11, 2007 7:28 am

Thanks for the link. The Ben's Block looks a bit like a tool I ordered and tried, The Davinci Tool...only this one felt quite nasty under my sub-occipital region. Anyone with any experience with this bad boy?
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Post by palpable » Fri May 11, 2007 10:35 am

Don't know about Davinci's Tool- never have even seen one. Ben's Block can be kinda nasty- it is made of plywood, but if it is too intense to begin with, you can put a small towel over it, and that takes down some of the "bite". Longerterm it is great for reducing suboc. tension.

Is the occipivot soft? I can't really find a good closeup photo.
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Post by WaltFritz » Fri May 11, 2007 11:14 am

The Occipivot is fairly firm, though not solid. When using it there are occasionally times that I wished it was a bit firmer, but then something softens and it seems to be just right. It's made of some sort of rubbery foam material, covered in flexible plastic.
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Post by handsonlmt » Thu May 17, 2007 9:38 am

Oh my goodness, I just got my occipivot and absolutely love it! I use it right after my jog and yoga. My muscles are nice and warm and very receptive. Of course, I only use it a couple of minutes at a time and will build on that over time. To open my thoracic region, I was using a yoga block while in the "fish" position, but I have switched to the thoracic pivot.
Thank you Walt for sharing!!!!

ps for pics: http://www.myofascialpainrelief.com/tools.html

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