Symptoms of Unknown Cause, Such As Vertigo, Headache Or Sensitivity To Cold, Could Be Contributed By Muscle Stiffness?
Many actually wear some physical conditions. Only few, however, associate them with stiffness of the muscles or the tendons. Medical doctors are trained to examine the every single organs and if no abnormal markers are shown, the causes usually remain unknown.
As explained by the Self-Massage Technique videos the vagus nerves, one of the cranial nerves, are connected to all the organs. And the vestibulocochlear nerves that run through the back of the neck controls equilibrium. It is possible that pressure to these nerves by stiffness of the surrounding muscles could induce symptoms such as indigestion due to slowed peristalsis or vertigo respectively.*
Another example is that extreme stiffness of the neck muscles such as the SCM (sternocleidomastoid) may pressure the arteries to the brain and induce headache. Stiffness of the calf muscles such as the tibialis posterior may pressure the blood vessels to the feet and make the feet cold or even get a Charley horse (leg cramp).
Stiffness, of course, cannot always be the cause but it could be suspected when the cause cannot be identified.
Why Therapists Do Not Usually Work On The Neck Muscles?
The muscles of the neck play an important role supporting the head that weighs a lot. Recently, more and more people have got involved in long chairborne works and smart phone operations that require a head forward posture for long hours.
As a result, the neck muscles unknowingly become extremely strained and tight.
As stated above, the arteries are pressed by the stiff neck muscles that may result in headache or sleep disturbance due to impaired blood flow.
And the levator scapular muscles that are responsible for shoulder stiffness are actually attached to the cervical spine.
In the meantime, those who constantly clench their jaws tend to have tight omohyoid muscles and could suffer from slurring or swallowing disorder.
Furthermore, tight splenius capitis or spinalis capitis muscles that are located back of the neck could press the vestiblocochlear nerves thus induce vertigo, which is often misdiagnosed as Meniere’s disease.*
While the neck is such an important part of the body as you can see, why no therapists ever work on it?
It is a common teaching of massage schools that massaging the neck area except the back of the neck is dangerous because there are carotid arteries and jugular veins.
Indeed, one with infarcted carotid arteries may cause stroke if the blood clots flow to the brain. Besides, the therapists must know exactly where to press.
While there have been no such cases reported in our practice, it is advised to consult with medical doctors or sign a waiver prior to receiving a massage around the neck.
*Not clinically proven.
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