Quick Tip: Want to address your neck tension at home?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness

This week we’re getting a-head of neck tension (pun intended) by discussing an important set of muscles that stabilize the head. The sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles run from the bottom front of the neck all the way up to the ear. And they can become chronically tight when you spend long periods with your head leaning forward — whether sitting at a computer or looking at your phone. When this tension goes unaddressed, it can cause further pain and tension throughout the neck, shoulders, and back. 
If you want to address those tight SCM muscles, we recommend you set up an ergonomic workstation, stretch your neck often, and commit to a maintenance bodywork plan. We also love giving our clients tools to practice self-massage at home or at work! Check out this video from our Quick Tips library to learn how to work out some of this tension on your own, whenever and wherever you like. If you find your SCM muscles are particularly tight, or you need more support with chronic neck and shoulder tension, just give us a call. We’re here to listen.