• Forward Head Posture Creating Back “Hump”

    Posted on December 1, 2016 by SMRT in Back & Spine, Head & Neck, Massage Therapy Continuing Education, Ribs, SMRT, Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique.

    About 10 days ago, I had a 2-hour session booked with a regular client. She told me I should focus on her back and her neck, that her “hump was killing” her. I spent almost an hour and a half unlocking her back, sacrum, and posterior rib cage. The focus of this time was in unbinding the tissue in and crossing the lamina groove, this included working on her “hump”, which is compressed tissue and vertebrae in the upper thoracic spine.

    As I worked I could feel that her neck was as involved as her back was. But each area I touched needed work, so I spent quite a bit of time with her prone. When she turned to a supine position, my intention was to work on her neck, but I also needed to address one of her ankles and do a little abdominal work for balance. So, I had about 10 minutes on her neck.

    This client’s “hump” comes from having forward head posture. Her neck was shortened and had an accentuated lordotic curve, and her neck muscles were very tight. One of the many benefits of SMRT is that it allows me to quickly release multiple muscles (or to focus on a specific muscle, if that is what is needed). I did two SMRT moves for her posterior neck muscles, one for the left side and one for the right side. The muscles melted, the curve in her neck relaxed, the tension in her upper thoracic lessened even further, and she sighed. This all happened in about a minute and a half.

    Two more minutes to release tension in the scalene muscles, and I was focused on the anterior neck and the tension in her SCM muscles. One of the most effective ways to address SCM is to look at how the head is sitting on the neck. This will also release the suboccipital muscles. Palpating told me that her head was on crooked. I took three minutes to work with the position of her head, and finally spent three minutes working with the alignment of her jaw in relation to her hyoid bone.

    Nine and a half minutes in and I assessed her neck one last time. Although, I knew that I could spend more time fine tuning the area, it felt much, much better than it had when I started. This week she came back. Much of what we did on her back and neck had held. She asked me to redo the previous session, which I did but with less back time, more head and neck time, and some time on the anterior rib cage (where I could have stayed the entire 2 hours!!)