The real reason massage and stretching won't fix your tight neck.

In today’s muscle of the day we have the Levator Scapulae muscle that is pictured with adhesion.   This muscle is the most common area in the entire human body to generate adhesion.   You could walk up to essentially every human living in modern society and find some form of tension and adhesion in this muscle.   Everyday people spend time pressing on it, jamming lacrosse balls in it, trying to stretch it, getting deep tissue massages on it or just wishing it would go away.   We love to blame this area as being the magic area where all our stress seems to go. I hear it all the time in the office, “that’s where I carry my stress.”   Have you ever gone to the massage therapist and they go “really deep” on the muscle and just hammer away.   When you are done you feel amazing and loose and almost like a bobblehead.   It’s a great feeling!   Two days later the tension is right back there and seems to be even worse this time!   What gives?!?!   The problem is this area isn't the actually real problem, its just the muscle doing all the extra work for other muscles not pulling their weight.    Load and force must always go somewhere and what usually happens in neck dysfunction is the muscles up higher in the base of the skull are overused and weak from us sitting and looking down in awful postures.   When this happens it causes the levator to have to engage in a protective tension to stabilizes the neck.   This really wrecks the area.   So the take home here is simple:   If you keep jamming lacrosse balls into your neck, always stretching, spending countless hours on massage it might be time to get to a doctor that address the root cause of the problem, not just the area that hurts!

In today’s muscle of the day we have the Levator Scapulae muscle that is pictured with adhesion.

 

This muscle is the most common area in the entire human body to generate adhesion.

 

You could walk up to essentially every human living in modern society and find some form of tension and adhesion in this muscle.

 

Everyday people spend time pressing on it, jamming lacrosse balls in it, trying to stretch it, getting deep tissue massages on it or just wishing it would go away.

 

We love to blame this area as being the magic area where all our stress seems to go. I hear it all the time in the office, “that’s where I carry my stress.”

 

Have you ever gone to the massage therapist and they go “really deep” on the muscle and just hammer away.

 

When you are done you feel amazing and loose and almost like a bobblehead.

 

It’s a great feeling!

 

Two days later the tension is right back there and seems to be even worse this time!

 

What gives?!?!

 

The problem is this area isn't the actually real problem, its just the muscle doing all the extra work for other muscles not pulling their weight. 

 

Load and force must always go somewhere and what usually happens in neck dysfunction is the muscles up higher in the base of the skull are overused and weak from us sitting and looking down in awful postures.

 

When this happens it causes the levator to have to engage in a protective tension to stabilizes the neck.

 

This really wrecks the area.

 

So the take home here is simple:

 

If you keep jamming lacrosse balls into your neck, always stretching, spending countless hours on massage it might be time to get to a doctor that address the root cause of the problem, not just the area that hurts!