The sternocleidomastoid is a long flat muscle that runs from the base of your skull to your collarbone and sternum respectively.
The SCM is one of several muscles that belong to a group referred to as strap muscles because of their appearance of being long flat muscles, much like a strap.
That is a mouthful, isn't it?
For the sake of my sanity, we will call it the SCM.
Think back to the last time you rode a rollercoaster.
Do you remember cresting that first drop?
Did you brace yourself?
The SCM is responsible for many common movements of the head. Shaking your head yes and no, cocking your head to the side to "hear better". It helps lift your ribcage when you inhale. It also is the muscle responsible for keeping your head upright as you barrel down the track of the coaster.
If your SCM isn't performing at its peak potential you may notice one or more of the following.
Ringing in the Ears
If any of these are an ongoing problem contact a physician as I am not a medical doctor.
The SCM can be the root of several common complaints; including Vertigo, TMJ, and even Torticollis.
Call Leah for a 30 minute targeted massage to loosen up your SCM
In the meantime here is a simple stretch to help you can do anywhere and anytime!