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This region contains the upper end of the paraspinal muscles, the levator scapulae, upper trapezius and scalenes.

How To Use This Site:

Below are the 5 parts of the self treatment system including self muscle massage, mobilization techniques, stretching, kinesiology taping and strengthening. Before you get to those, here are some posts to help you put all of the pieces together.

Part One - how to determine which massage, mobilization and stretching techniques you should use.

  1. Muscle Sprains/Strains
  2. Tendon Injuries (specific guidance for tendon injuries in the upper body here)
  3. Muscle Spasms, Knots, Trigger Points
  4. Overuse Injuries (specific guidance for overuse injuries in the upper body here including normal range of motion + muscle pairs)

Part Two- adding kinesiology taping to your self treatment program. Advice for each of the four injury types listed above.

Self Treatment System

Part 1. Self Muscle Massage.

1) Blog post with anatomy review, video and picture demonstration of self muscle release techniques for the neck using a foam roller and tennis ball. Click here.

2) Blog post on other treatment tools for use in the back region including the RAD roller, Rumble Roller and Knobber. Click here.

Part 2. Mobilizations

1) Blog post on tennis ball/active mobilization for the upper trap and levator scap. Click here.

Part 3. Stretching.

1) Blog post on how to stretch out the muscles from the tops of your shoulders up into your neck. Click here.

Part 4. Kinesiology tape.

1) Blog post on how to apply taping application for neck pain/muscle strain. Click here.

Part 5. Strengthening. Coming soon.

Specific Injuries

No information available for this region. Yet.