Monday Muscle Of The Week Levator Scapulae

Welcome to MUSCLE OF THE WEEK this week is going to be the LEVATOR SCAPULAE.

The Levator scapulae is deep to the SCM and the trapezius. It is named after its action of elevating the scapula.

INDICATIONS

Stiff and painful neck with limited rotation of cervical spine, long-term use of walking stick, neck pain and stiffness, problems turning neck (e.g. driving).

CAUSES

RTA, holding telephone ear to shoulder, side sleeping with wrong pillows, backpacks, poor posture, sustained habits or occupation, TV/monitor position, stress and tension, cold/flu or cold sores, sports (swimming front crawl).

ORIGIN

Posterior tubercles of transverse processes of first three or four cervical vertebrae (C1–C4).

INSERTION

Medial (vertebral) border of scapula between superior angle and spine of scapula.

ACTION

Elevates scapula. Helps retract scapula. Helps bend neck laterally.

NERVE

Dorsal scapular nerve, C4, 5, and cervical nerves, C3, 4.

BASIC FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT

Example: carrying a heavy bag.

REFERRED PAIN PATTERNS

Triangular pattern from top of scapula to nape of neck. Slight overspill to medial border of scapula and posterior glenohumeral joint.

Ref: This information was sourced from Muscles of the body and their trigger points niel asher healthcare as the copyright 2014

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Why Drink Water?

Why I ask my clients to drink water before and after a massage!!!

 

Massage treatments can cause you to become dehydrated.

When your muscles are healthy(hydrated) they feel soft, almost spongy and allows blood to flow freely throughout the vessels.  

Unhealthy(de-hydrated) muscle tissue is the type that is causing you pain. It is tight, feeling more compact and restricted in movement. It also restricts the amount of blood flow and lymphatic drainage through the tissue by constricting the capillaries. If you are not getting a good amount of blood flow through an area, this decreases oxygen and nutrient exchange, as well as allowing metabolic waste to build up and become stuck within the tissue. 

During a massage treatment these areas with tightness and limited range of motion are the main focal points, the therapist will aim to break up the adhesions (toxins) that have formed, allowing increased blood flow, increased movement, and to restore the muscle. What happens when you open up these areas where the toxins had been trapped due to lack of blood flow? It is now released and on its way out through the lymphatic system. Surrounding every cell in our body is a liquid called interstitial fluid, made up of mostly water.  Within that interstitial fluid is metabolic waste that needs to be transported back to the blood stream in order to be filtered through the kidneys. Massage is pushing, and moving this fluid around, and causing everything to happen at a faster rate. An increased amount of metabolic waste is being processed and filtered through the kidneys, which makes them have to work harder and is also using more water.  If you have ever experienced a feeling of nausea, headache, or flu like symptoms after a massage, this is due to the increased amount of metabolic waste being transported out. Drinking more water after your massage can help reduce those symptoms, or even stop it from happening.

 

 

Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don't Medicate, Hydrate!

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue: Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus, concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

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3. Flushes Out Toxins: Gets rid of metabolic waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4. Promotes Weight Loss: Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake as most of the time we think we are hungry but we are really just thirsty, reduces hunger, raises your metabolism and has zero calories!

5. Maintains Regularity: Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6. Boosts Immune System: A water drinker is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and chronic health conditions.

7. Improves Skin Complexion: Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

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10. Save Money: Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!