VERTIBALL EDUCATION: NECK PAIN
Dr. Marc Legere
Published May 12, 2021 at 2:00pm AST.
Hey everybody, it’s Dr. Marc and I’m back again with Vertiball and this time I want to talk about neck pain, or more specifically, pain along the muscle called the levator scapula. Now, don’t be afraid of the term, I'll break it down in a second, but essentially, pain along the side of the neck or just off of the middle of the neck is often levator scapula pain. So, I'll walk you through it and I'll show you how the vertiball can help you with it.
With so many people changing what they’re doing or where they’re working these days, they’re often getting neck pain and they end up coming to me asking “Hey Doc, what’s a simple solution to get some relief?” My answer is always vertiball because it's a great massage for tight or cramped muscles.
The levator scapula is a lifter, or elevator, for your shoulder blade. It is attached to the upper part of the shoulder and it is connected to the upper portion of the neck. So like I said, it’s going to elevate or lift your shoulder, or it will pull your head to the side, or a combination of the two movements. Think about how often through the day you’re sitting, whether it be on your phone, the kitchen table, or the dining room and your head is forward and your shoulder is around it. That position is going to often create pain and discomfort along the levator scapula. Let me show you how you can use vertiball to massage the area and get that muscle to come down and get the relief you need.
First, I remove the ball from the mount. When I attach to the wall, I’m going to want it around where my shoulder is and maybe slightly below it. I’m going to lock it in and then I’m going to slide the ball back into the unit and now it’s going to be nice, firm, and secure. So, because this is going to be in the upper shoulder, this is right about where that levator scapula is. I like to pull my arm across my body or across and down and then I'm going to start massaging the area. You’ll feel when you're in the right spot because it’s going to feel really good. It’s going to give you relief from that muscle being so cramped up. Then, I slowly want to dip down so that the ball is working it’s way up my neck and I try to get it basically so it’s almost where my neck meets my head. Right in that area is where you can get even deeper relief.
I recommend doing this once, twice, even three times a day. Anytime you're feeling that pain you should give your levator scapula a massage with Vertiball, I’m sure it’s going to help you as much as it helps me and my patients.