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Myotome Poem

C1,2
I nod to you -Neck flexion/extension
C3
Don’t tickle me -Neck lateral flexion
C4
I’m not sure – shoulder elevation
C5
Feel alive – Shoulder flexion, abduction and lateral rotation
C6, 7, 8
Close the gate – Shoulder extension, adduction and medial rotation
C5,6
Pick up sticks – Elbow flexion
C7,8
Lay them straight – Elbow extension
C5, 6
Flick my wrists – Forearm supination
C7,8
The time is late -forearm pronation
C6, 7
Fly up to heaven – Wrist flexion and extension
C7
Paper – finger extension
C8
Rock – Finger flexion
T1
Scissors – Finger abduction and adduction
L2, 3
Lift my knee – Hip flexion
L3,4
Kick the door – knee extension (and knee jerk reflex)
L4,5
Foot points to the sky – ankle dorsiflexion
L4, 5
Extend my thigh – Hip extension
L5, S1, (S2)
Kick my bum, (run to poo) – knee flexion
S1,2
Stand on my shoes – Ankle plantarflexion (and ankle jerk) (Babinski in L5,S1,S2)
L2,3,4
Modestly close the door – Hip adduction & internal rotation
L4- S2
The opposite is true – Hip abduction and external/lateral rotation
C3,4,5
Keeps diaphragm alive – Innervates diaphragm
S2,3,4
Keeps shit off the floor – innervates bowel, bladder, sex organs, anal sphincter, melvic muscles (anal wink reflex)

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