Neck muscle spasm and headaches....
It's no wonder tight neck muscles can lead to headaches!
Take a look at the image above, did you have any idea that there were so many layers of muscles in the neck?!? We've said it before but...we aren't very kind to our necks. With poor posture comes muscle imbalance. When we are in poor posture we use muscles that are designed to move the head and neck to do a stability role. They aren't designed to do that so what happens?.... they go into spasm. The joints associated with them then become stiff and painful leading to more spasm and round and round it goes in a cycle.
To make matters worse the spasm can lead to what is known as trigger points in the muscle. These trigger points then lead to pain somewhere else, very often into the head. Check out the distribution of trigger points in the image below. You can see the correlation between some of the muscles named above and the region they refer pain to. Splenius Cervicis....I get that one!
There are many things you can do to help this problem in both the short and long term. necksaviours do 3 of the most important ones:
Improve neck alignment and posture. In use Mini creates a healthy degree of chin retraction. This shows you where your neck should be again!
Stretching. Take another look at the top image and I'm sure you can just imagine how tight some of those muscles feel right now. Stretching is a good thing to do anyway but done regularly it really can help keep these problems away.
Trigger point release. The position of the contact points for necksaviour can act as trigger point therapy at the upper end in those superficial and deep occipital muscles but also on the muscles at the top of the shoulder.
Just taking a few minutes a day to use necksaviour Mini or Classic can not only give you the above benefits but will mean a much needed little relaxation time too!
So if you know somebody who suffers with neck pain and tension headaches or just somebody who sits in front of a PC all day share this blog with them :))
- Wesley Marshall