Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) – Stretching

Joe Muscolino

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The SCM is challenging to target for stretching because it crosses the spinal joints of the neck anteriorly so it flexes the neck, but because it crosses the atlanto-occipital joint posteriorly, it extends the head at the atlanto-occipital joint. Therefore, to effectively stretch it, we need to have the client extend the neck but tuck their chin to flex the head at the atlanto-occipital joint.