As we saw last time, strengthening the deep neck flexors helps to keep the head on straight. But along with attention to the front of the neck, it’s important to improve the health of the suboccipitals at the base of the back of the skull. When taut or irritated, these muscles can cause headaches as well as tension through the jaw, head, and shoulders.
Muscle of the Month: Suboccipitals
There are eight tiny muscles that have the huge job of keeping your head up, but they can cause a huge headache too! These are your suboccipital muscles. Resting in the nook at the base of the skull, these muscles are essential to fine head movements and in relaying proprioception of your head (where your head is in space and time) to your brain. When out of balance or strained, these muscles can cause temporal headaches and pain with neck movements.
Rectus Capitis Posterior Major: Rock and tilt head back into extension, rotate head to same side
Rectus Capitis Posterior Minor: Rock and tilt head back into extension
Oblique Capitis Superior: Rock and tilt head back into extension
Oblique Capitis Inferior: Rotate head to same side
Common pain culprit – Eye…
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