Posts Tagged "Neck pain"

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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Quick Tip: Ready for some Deskinetics with resistance?

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Exercises, Psoas Deskinetics, Stretches

Quick Tip: Ready for some Deskinetics with resistance?

Did you catch our last Deskinetics Quick Tip, the Bruegger’s Stretch? If you’re a desk worker with some significant hunching patterns — (inwardly rotated shoulders, forward head, upper back flexion) — this active stretch can be pretty challenging at first. But if you’ve been doing it consistently, you may notice it’s getting easier and your body is feeling more stable. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, we recommend this week’s Quick Tip: the Bruegger’s Stretch with a resistance band. The extra challenge of the resistance can...

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Quick Tip: Do you know where your SCM is?

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Anatomy Lessons

Quick Tip: Do you know where your SCM is?

  We believe in helping you better understand the way your body works. With that in mind, we like to bring you an anatomy lesson from time to time! In this week’s Quick Tip, Scott Schwartz offers a quick introduction to the Sternocleidomastoid or SCM — an important muscle in the neck.  The SCM is integral to the work of turning your head from side to side, and can get really tight on desk workers or any of us who spend a lot of time looking at a computer or phone. Keep an eye out for a future quick tip on how to use self-massage techniques on the SCM, but for now, sit back and...

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