– Hey, there.
– Hello. – Hi, so how can a muscle cause eye pain and affect your vision? Well that’s what we’re going
to be talking about today. So there’s a ton of muscles
that are in the neck area and in the head that can
create headaches and eye pain, ear pain, teeth pain,
right? And face pain. And so we’re not going to be covering all those muscles today
’cause there’s way too many. But today we’re going
to talk about one muscle and that is the splenius
cervicis, right here. It’s orange on Mr. Manny. So we’re going to be sharing
information about this muscle, how it can create that pain, and self-care that you can start right now to make this muscle happy. – Absolutely.
(laughing) – So hey, this is Brian and Christina from Your HealthySteps, the creators of the Ultimate
Foam Roller Blueprint, and we teach purposeful foam
rolling and self-care skills so you can be active and pain free. – Absolutely.
– So this is for educational purposes only. We are sharing with you
15 years of our experience as neuromuscular massage therapists. – It’s interesting that
throughout the body, there are muscles that
can have pain patterns or create issues in areas that
they’re not even located in, and the splenius cervicis
is certainly one of those. We’ve had a lot of
clients come in that said, “I have pain in my eye,”
or, “Pain in my ear, “and I’ve had it checked out.” Or maybe, “I had this deep
aching in just my head.” And it turns out everything else is good, and then this muscle is the issue. So a lot of times, the
muscle’s not located where the pain is at. – Right.
– It’s very interesting. So let’s go to location right off the bat. So splenius cervicis is
on the back of your neck. It’s in the back of your neck, it comes out of the spine, just below the top of
your shoulder blades. So just below the top
of your shoulder blades, it’s coming out of that spine, runs all the way up the back of your neck, and then attaches into the upper parts of the side of the cervical spine. Right up in here. So that’s the location
of splenius cervicis. And then Christina’s
going to sort of show you how you can find it on yourselves. It’s a very difficult muscle to find. – Right, okay, so there’s a lot of muscles back here,
– Absolutely. – So for us to just say, “Put your hand over here
and you can feel it, “just that muscle,” is impossible. But if you wanna get to the general idea,
– In general. this is where it is.
– Yeah. – So if you put your fingers on your spine and you feel that there’s
a larger bump here on your spinous process, just slide down one and then move on over, and here it is. It’s alongside your spine. That’s the attachments here. And then as you move your hand up, you’ll feel the rest of the muscle, and it goes all the way up
to the top of your spine. Not until your scalp yet, right here. – Just right to the bottom of the skull. – So that’s the general area. – So what does this muscle do? Well, it’s main job, because
it’s sitting back here in the back of your neck,
is to pull your head up, or pull your head and neck backwards. We call that extension. So it’s just pulling the head
back, head and neck back. And when it’s working together, and when it’s working separately, it causes the head to rotate. So if one muscle is firing,
it will cause your head to rotate to one side or
to the other direction. If it’s working together, it’ll pull the head backwards, okay? Now, what are some of the
pain patterns for this muscle? So when muscle gets very tight, it can create hyper irritated points, and then they become tender points, which is localized pain. And then they become trigger points, where it’s become much
more broad-pattern pain. And this muscle can develop
two common trigger points. And so I’m gonna turn
Mr. Manny around here. The trigger points are fairly
high up in this muscle. The top one basically sends pain to behind the ear on the neck, just below the skull and the ear. Behind the ear, but up on the skull, to on top of the ear
down into your temple. Over across the temple and
just into the side of your eye. And so the pain can actually
come into this side of the eye. And this trigger point can
actually cause blurred vision. So again, not only is it creating pain, but it can actually impact
the vision of your eye. Now the lower trigger point
sends pain more into the side of the neck, where the neck
and the shoulder come together, and down into shoulder. So again, these pain patterns are not anywhere remotely
located to where this muscle is. Very interesting, and then
some of the other problems that this muscle can do when it’s tight. If both of them are tight, it’s gonna put strain
on the back of the neck, right back in the base of the skull. And if one of them is overly tight, it’s actually gonna pull
that vertebrae as it tries to force your head into rotation, as it tries to rotate the head around. So again, it’s putting strain on the vertebraes of your neck, and in time that can just
create wear and tear. – Right, yeah, okay, so what
causes this muscle to be tight? – Absolutely.
– And Brian pretty much alluded to it
that it’s poor posture. And if you think about where
this muscle is located, and you think about how much
time we spend on the cellphone, or working on our computer, you can see why this muscle
is just being stretched and working so hard to keep
our head from falling forward, right?
– Trying to get it to pull back up.
– It’s just holding that head. So that’s what causes
this muscle to be tight. – So some of the self-care
you can do with this. Now, when we’re dealing with the neck, and we’re talking about self-care, we want to make sure that you check in with your chiropractor,
with your doctor and PT, so that you know that this is a good, solid, healthy bone
structure in the neck, so you don’t have any problems, okay? It’s really important that you do that. But two tennis balls in a
sock is really good here because then the vertebrae is
in between and these muscles, the tennis balls are just working on the muscle on either side. – Or the myofascial balls. – Or the myofascial balls, yes. They tend to be a little bit hard, so we want you to start off nice and easy with the tennis balls, then move to the myofascial balls. And that’s kind of nice, because then the spine is right
between both of those balls. But sometimes that might be a bit tender, so you can start off with a foam roller. But again, the vertebrae would
be right on the foam roller, so again, that’s something that you need to have checked out first
before you can do that. And then once you’ve worked
this out really nicely, then a gentle stretching is always good. You can stretch by rotating your head. Turning the head back and then
stretching the head forward. And that’ll help loosen up this muscle. – Got it, and then of course always, if you’re working on yourself
and it’s way too tender, go to your therapist. Go to a massage therapist.
– Absolutely. – Go to your PT and get some help. Go to your chiropractor, get some help. – Don’t feel like you have to tear it out. If it’s really tender, then
it’s probably a good bet to have a professional get
in and work on it, yeah. – Yes, so if you are the
kind of person who wants to take an active role in your self-care, – Absolutely.
– Then you will totally appreciate and
benefit this new program that we have just created. It’s called the First Three Steps to a More Flexible and Pain-Free Body. – Absolutely.
– And it’s actually a nine-day program that you
work on at your own pace. And so I’ll put it in the comments below, and I’m excited for you to try it. – Absolutely, it’ll do
some really good stuff. – Okay, and if you found
this to be helpful, please give us a like.
– Yeah. – If you know somebody who is dealing with chronic neck pain or is having some of those unusual referrals
we just discussed, please share this with them. This could be their
solution to finding relief. – It’s been that way for, quite a few of our clients
couldn’t figure out what was going on, and we were
able to get it loosened up, so that’s good.
– Yes, ’cause our goal is to help you to be pain-free. Okay, all done? – All done.
– Okay, great, thanks. We’ll see you later.
– All right. Have a great day.
– This is Brian and Christina from Your HealthySteps, bye-bye.