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The Vulcan nerve pinch was a martial technique developed by the Vulcans. It involved applying pressure near the base of the neck, at the shoulder, and nearly instantly rendered the target unconscious, often so fast that the target was unable to cry out, but not always. (TOS: "Day of the Dove") Being able to perform it was seen as a mark of true Vulcanhood by some. (TAS: "Yesteryear")
In at least some cases, the results resembled an extreme trauma to the trapezius nerve bundle, as if the neuro-fibers had been ruptured. (VOY: "Cathexis")
The technique did not appear to cause permanent injury and seemed to be effective on most humanoid species. ...
The accessory nerve provides motor control of the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles. The trapezius muscle controls the action of shrugging the shoulders, and the sternocleidomastoid the action of turning the head. Like most muscles, control of the trapezius muscle arises from the opposite side of the brain. Contraction of the upper part of the trapezius muscle elevates the scapula. The nerve fibres sternocleidomastoid however are thought to change sides (Latin: decussate) twice. This means that the sternocleidomastoid is controlled by the brain on the same side of the body. Contraction of the stenocleidomastoid fibres turns the head to the opposite side, the net effect meaning that the head is turned to the side of the brain receiving visual information from that area. ...
Leonard Nimoy was the one to come up with the Vulcan nerve pinch. In the first episode this pinch showed up, Spock was originally supposed to club evil Kirk over the head, knocking him out. Nimoy thought this was inconsistent with Spock’s personality. He felt a non-violent nerve pinch would be more fitting with Vulcan’s being able to emit energy from their fingertips; this energy when applied to the correct nerves of a human would then render the human unconscious. ...
Star Trek lovers are familiar with the "Vulcan nerve pinch", a technique used by Dr. Spock to cause someone to lose consciousness. The technique was to pinch a pressure point at the base of the victim's neck but in fact, it's likely the pinch was in fact a trigger point (TrP) of the upper trapezius muscle. The upper trapezius muscle is the muscle along the top of the shoulder at the base of the neck (where the neck and shoulder meet).
Trigger points are defined as hyperirritable areas of tenderness in a muscle that when pressed or pinched can cause local and/or distant referred pain (e.g., someplace else down the arm). Trigger points can be active (currently already causing pain) or latent (only painful when pressed or pinched).
The phonophoresis and pressure release techniques yielded better results than the ultrasound. Phonophoresis outperformed pressure release. The mechanisms by which these treatments work to reduce the effects of trigger points aren’t entirely clear yet.
Should you be the victim of the Vulcan nerve pinch or simply a neck pain sufferer from trigger points of the upper trapezius muscle, ask a physiotherapist to apply either or both of these treatment techniques. Experience the safe and effective relief of painful symptoms without adverse effects that phonophoresis and/or pressure release have to offer. ...
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: blend57
Anyyway, the first we learned about this unique way to subdue an enemy was on the wrestling shows on Tuesday nights. It was a technique used by a wrestler going by the name of Farmer Brown. It was amazing how the biggest, baddest bully could be put down if Farmer Brown could get to his vantage point at the rear of the bad guy. A two-second squeeze and, Presto! the goon smacked the canvas, virtually pole-axed. I saw that move done many times before the Enterprise ever crossed the horizon. So lets not our love of Star Trek get too out of hand. OK? Reason and logic should prevail, as Spock would suggest.
originally posted by: Tarzan the apeman.
a reply to: blend57
Spock was a lot stronger than a human so if he pinched you, you probably past out from the pain.
It is not possible for a human to perform the Vulcan nerve pinch.
When performing the maneuver, Vulcans make use of two attributes humans lack:
1. Their superior physical strength.
2. Their psionic capabilities.
The latter is the most important....
But the most straight forward way to drop someone is to use the palm of your hand like a slap and smack the base of the jaw near he mastoid process/ascending ramus.