The SCM – Head Forward Posture

 

A simple and commonly occurring issue with so many people today is their Sternocleidomastoid or SCM for short.

This muscle goes from the boney part behind your ear-lobe to the middle of the collar bone and another section to the inner most part of the collar bone (basically on your throat).

This muscle pulls and twists your head forward and around to the sides. So, looking at your phone or a computer keyboard, you will be using this muscle.

Over time, this gets shorter and shorter. Stress and pressure build up in our shoulders and back of the neck to try and counteract this ‘head forward’ position.

The ultimate result is someone whose head sits forward, rounded shoulders, and possibly an arched back due to the rounded shoulders. More interestingly though, other symptoms can include a build up of tears in your eyes and a twitching of the eyelid as the SCM muscle when tight can affect the eye muscles through trigger points. Headaches are common as the deep neck muscles at the back become stressed from trying to pull the head back. Dizziness and imbalance can occur due to the head not sitting in line with the rest of the body (this will then affect your hamstrings as they will tighten so you don’t fall over!).

This muscle and syndrome is easily noticeable and treatable. If you know or this sounds familiar, getting massages regularly can pick up on this and prevent it and treat the symptoms.

Once every 4-6 weeks is recommended. Your body deserves it, you deserve it and you can live freer and happier.

Book on-line and look at treating yourself to a 6 treatment card to prevent your body holding you back!

Also, for the geeks out there, check out this article!
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1769463/

 

The Modern Computer Neck

The muscles under the base of your skull (at the very top of your neck) are of immense importance to your over all health, flexibility and happiness.

The extensors (the muscles that make you look up) and the flexors (they make you tuck your chin into your neck to make the sexy ‘double’ chin) are becoming very imbalanced in all of us due to our so called ‘normal life’ habits of computers, driving, and phones.

However, help exists in the form of massage and simple exercises to correct the imbalances. If you or people you care about have any of the following;

  • Slumped shoulders,
  • Head reaching forward,
  • A tight chest
  • Trouble raising their hands above the head with straight elbows.

When corrected, benefits have been noticed in hamstring flexibility, clearer thinking, decrease of headaches and increased balance and posture.
For the nerd out there, have a read of the linked article, the best and simplest one I have found to express this information. Otherwise book a time now with Webster Massage

http://optimumsportsperformance.com/blog/suboccipitals-small-but-important/

HEADACHES

Have you had that headache that starts at the back of the head and goes down into your neck and across the top of your head to the eyes?
Generally coming from a muscle called the ‘Splinus Capitus’, the pain is a referral pattern from the overuse of the muscle.

  1. Looking at our phones or computers too long will lengthen and leave the muscle inactive.
  2. The tension and weakness will finally become too much and the muscle will spasm.
  3. The attachment point at the base of your skull will become inflamed and thus cause radiating pain through the neck and over the head.
  4. Easily fixed with trigger point techniques, deep massage and mainly corrective exercises and posture.
  5. Webster massage is able to relieve your headaches easily and keep them away for good with some simple changes.
    Book at webstermassage.se to rid yourself of the pain and frustration. For a more in-depth look at the serious cases of the syndrome, click here.