The Aim & Desired Outcome
Reduce muscular spasm throughout the neck, shoulder and shoulder blade.
This spasm will be impeding movement and function as a protective mechanism, not allowing for full range of movement and can be accompanied by exceptional pain.
Increase the articulation, function and fluidity of the effected joints.
Improving this will help to increase your range and reduce the chance of blocking movement.
Have a positive effect on the nervous system which helps to decrease or de-amplify pain.
We know with reduced pain, other symptoms such as muscle spasm improve. Muscular guarding is one of the body’s defensive mechanisms to help protect you from doing more damage.
Improving overall function and mobility.
Through identifying stiff and ill-functioning parts of the chain, we can help to reduce compensation done by other regions that could have led to the initial damage.
Stabilisation and posture!
Just like we talk about having a supportive “core” for our lower backs, a similar situation applies to the neck. Understanding how to use this is paramount to avoiding subsequent episodes.
It should be noted, pain or dysfunction throughout the jaw can also lead to neck pain and headaches. In some cases it is a causative issue that can predispose to a painful episode due to its close proximity.