Posts Tagged "sternocleidomastoid"

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: 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: 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...

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