Headaches, dizziness or pain when looking over blind spot?  It could be this muscle!

Headaches, dizziness or pain when looking over blind spot? It could be this muscle!

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– Hey there, hi.
– Welcome. – Hey, this is Christina and Brian from Your HealthySteps, the creators of the Ultimate
Foam Roller Blue Print. – Absolutely. – Where we teach foam
rolling and self care skills so you can be active and pain free. So if you are dealing with headaches, if you can’t look over your
blind spot when you’re driving, or if you have unexplained dizziness, then this muscle really
could be tight on you. So this for educational purposes only. We’re giving you 15 years of experience as Neuromuscular Massage Therapists. So we want to say congratulations, because this is really your
first step in self care. – Absolutely. – And we feel it’s, first, self care is a basic understanding
of your muscle locations, and their actions and then
common referral patterns. – Yup, and knowing what to do about them. – Yes, yes. Okay, so this muscle-
– Yeah. – Is a muscle that has created
problems for both of us and for many, many of our clients. It can create eye pain, headaches. Brian’s had allergy symptoms
because of this muscle. It causes postural problems. – Yup. – It really acts up when you’re maybe spending a lot of time on the computer or when you’re driving, yes, and we just spent a lot of
time in the car on vacation driving many, many miles. – Yeah. – So this is a muscle
that we spend time working while we were driving so we
wouldn’t have these problems. – Usually for me it’s headaches
when driving long distances. – Yeah, so we want to tell you what we do on our own SCM muscle to help relax it. But first, Brian’s going
to give you the scoop. – Yup, because we need to
know where the muscle is before we can actually work on it, right? – Yes. – So this muscle’s called the SCM, and it’s actually an
abbreviation for the name, which I thought was wonderful. Whoever named the muscle,
I thought they did a brilliant job of doing it. Because it actually tells you where the muscle is located at. So the SCM is the sternum
clavicular, or the clavicle, mastoid, which is a bone
in the back of your head. I mean this is exactly where
this muscle connects at. So it’s on both sides of the
neck, we have it on both sides. It comes up the sternum and the clavicle, so it has two parts, and
they all come together. One sits on top of the
other and attaches right, see if we can turn Mister Man-Man … – Manny. – Manny, Mister Manny. – Manny the manikin. – Right up on, right
behind his ear is a bone, and that’s exactly where
this muscle is attached. So it comes down here, they
overlap and come and attach right on the base of the
skull behind the ear. – Yeah. – So that’s the location of this muscle. – Let’s find it on you. – Absolutely. – So the best way to
do it is this is called your clavicular notch,
so that little notch, or that little hole down here, and then just pop your finger
up over your collar bone, and right where that bump starts, that is the attachment point for your SCM that Brian was showing right here. – The first one, yeah. – The first one. So if you can just feel it,
it’s like this little bump, this little speed bump.
– Let’s see if I got it. – Okay? So that, if it’s tender,
that’s your SCM muscle. – Yeah. – But that’s only one attachment. So slide up your collarbone a little bit, and you’ll find another bump. So that is the attachment
point of this, the SCM, since there’s two
attachment points down here. – Yeah. – Okay, now we’re not going
to bother touching that muscle but if you just follow
up right behind your ear, there’s that bone. – Where you, there we go. – Yup.
– Right there. – Yeah, and you can feel,
there’s almost this big, heavy rope back there, that’s your SCM. – That’s your SCM. – Yeah, and if you touch
that, if it’s tender, again, that’s a sign your SCM is tender, so you really want to make
sure you watch this video. – Absolutely. – Okay, so what does this muscle do? – So this muscle, and Manny is not too good at the movement here. So we’ll have, maybe
Christina can do the movement. So on one side, so we
have it on both sides. So if one side is tight, it
actually can take the head and tilt it downward, and
rotate it away from the other, so toward the other side. So if you rotate your
head to the other side, so I’m looking at this side of the muscle, but it’s forcing my
head to the other side. Then if both muscles are working together, it wants to pull your
head in the back down, so basically taking
your chin up like that. So that’s the two movements. – Right. – Or the three movements
that this muscle does. And, because it’s attaching to
the clavicle and the sternum, it can assist in affect our inhaling. So when we inhale, it can affect that. That movement of the lungs. – Right. So what happens though if
that muscle is too tight- – And why it’s so important for us. – It can affect our just
general posture, right? – Yup. – Like Brian was showing you, if that muscle is really tight, it’s going to make your head maybe move in that general direction. – Or at least pull.
– Just a little bit. Pulling, right.
– Yeah. – Yes. – And that can be pulling
downward like this, or rotating, or both of them like this, and you always have this force that is being pulled down or
pulling you in a direction and that’s what makes the muscles angry. They’re tight and they’re
trying to do their job and they’re beginning to get angry. – There’s this constant
tug of war going on. – I love that terminology. It’s a tug of war, absolutely. It’s a tug of war. – It’s just constant. – We lose. (laughing) – And then it just creates
this pain, this chronic pain. – Yeah. – And then so maybe you don’t
feel like your head is tilted in these weird directions, right? But how do you know if it’s tight on you? Well besides touching those areas that we looked at, there’s
some other red flags that might give you some clues. Like if you’re driving
and you have trouble looking over your blind spot. – Yeah, that was me. – Yes, that’s a sing, right? Because this, it just won’t
allow your head to turn. – Yeah, in fact years ago
I would literally take my, I would lift up and shift my body to look over my blind spot. I couldn’t turn my head to look, I would shift my body to look, and I know a lot of our clients
do the same exact thing. – Do the same thing, yes. The other thing is that, let’s see, you might actually feel some pain when you’re looking over your shoulder. So maybe you’re just- – You don’t want to do it. – Yeah, it just hurts, right?
– It hurts. – You can do it, it just hurts. It also, I had a client who
had unexplained dizziness. No one could figure it out,
and it was her SCM muscle was just crazy tight. It also could create headaches, imbalance when you’re walking, and then also this thing where
instead of walking straight you’re just always drifting. – Yeah, you’re veering off. – And you’re just always veering. – Yeah, and you wouldn’t
want to take a sobriety test. – Right. – Even if you were cold sober. – It’s not because you drank
too much that you’re drifting. – Yeah, it’s your SCM. (laughter) Might be able to get out of one of those. – Try to tell that to the police officer. – Yeah, it’s your SCM. – But anyway, and the last one is that it could create
your throat to be soar when you’re swallowing. – And more because we’re going to- – Oh yeah, so we got a
ton more other things that this muscle can create other pains and other unusual feelings. – It’s an amazing muscle. – Yes. – It really is something else. – So tomorrow we’re
going to be talking about other pain referral patterns, and what you can do to
help relax this muscle. – Absolutely. – So you don’t have all
of those problems, okay? – Fantastic.
– So thanks so much. This is Brian and Christina
from Healthy Steps. Now if you found this helpful, then you would totally love
the free classes that we offer where we give you some
more self care training so you can take care of your muscles so they don’t become tight, or you can reduce that tightness. – Yup, so you can get
out and do the things that you love to do pain free,
and with some good movement. – You got it. – Absolutely. – Okay, so bye-bye. – All right, have a great day.

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