Posts Tagged "Neck pain"

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

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

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

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...

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Quick Tip: Ready for your next alignment tip?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Bodywork Techniques, Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Ready for your next alignment tip?

Did you catch the first stretch in chiropractor Dr. Katherine McCarty’s 7-point posture program? Katherine compiled this series of stretches to help us counteract our forward-bending tendencies — and to address the neck and back discomfort those patterns often cause. This week, we’re sharing the second and third points in the program: stretches for the Trapezius and Levator Scapulae. Take a little break from your desk today, and follow along with the video below! While practicing these stretches regularly can point us in the right direction, sometimes we do need a more...

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Quick Tip: Are your shoulders creeping up?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Exercises, Health and Wellness, Stretches

Quick Tip: Are your shoulders creeping up?

Sometimes such simple movements can help us move and feel better. This week’s Quick Tip from the archive is one of those — a brief shoulder shrug exercise that can improve our alignment and reduce pain. And it’s so easy, you’ll be able to find time for it even at your busiest! For many of us, from desk workers to cyclists, our shoulders creep progressively upwards throughout the day. Over time, this pattern of raised shoulders can cause neck, shoulder and back discomfort — among other things. But practicing this simple shoulder shrug, along with some directed...

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Quick Tip: How does your neck feel today?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Exercises, Stretches

Quick Tip: How does your neck feel today?

We get calls everyday from clients struggling with discomfort in the neck. But there’s so much we can do to prevent and ease the neck pain many of us deal with! We can set up our desks ergonomically, use maintenance massage to keep our muscular tissue healthy, and stretch regularly. Still, it can feel pretty overwhelming to wade through all the neck stretches out there and find the right ones. That’s why we’re bringing you a video today that combines some of our favorites. This all-in-one Super AIS Neck Stretch Series targets the muscles of the neck from every side. It uses...

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Quick Tip: Want to release your SCM?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Bodywork Techniques, Health and Wellness

Quick Tip: Want to release your SCM?

Did you catch our last anatomy lesson on the sternocleidomastoid — or SCM? This muscle in the neck can carry a lot of tension — especially for desk workers, people with headaches or jaw tension, and anyone who’s sustained a neck injury or whiplash. For many of us, loosening the SCM can create more openness and length in the neck. So in our most recent Quick Tip, Jenny demonstrates a technique for finding the SCM on yourself and encouraging its release! This self-massage technique involves using the pressure of your hand to squeeze the SCM while rotating the head to help...

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