SCM (Sternocleidomastoid) trigger point release

The SCM muscle or Sternocleidomastoid muscles can cause a whole host of problems which range from headaches to vertigo. This muscle serves several purposes.

Its primary function is to rotate and laterally flex the head to the side, and is an accessory breathing muscle — helping to elevate the ribcage during inhalation. However, this makes it susceptible to postural imbalances such a forward head posture, and shallow upper respiratory breathing arising from stress.

Although these muscles rarely hurt themselves, the symptoms which can be caused by the trigger points in the SCM muscle include  (click on the links below to be directed to pages on how to treat those problems).

As you can see from the image below, trigger points in the Sternocleidomastoid are active trigger points i.e. they refer pain far beyond where the actual trigger point is. Trigger points in the SCM can cause a lot of pain including eye pain


These muscles can also cause satellite trigger points in the Lateral Petrygoid muscle which is often the main cause of jaw pain. Hence treating these muscles is often a really good way to resolve a lot of the major issues you might face.

SCM muscle release

Here is a collection of stretches which are very effective in releasing the trigger points in the Sternocleidomastoid muscles.

The two linked videos show how to release the SCM muscle. The first video shows how to release the trigger points and the second video shows how to stretch them out. Treating the SCM is very beneficial as that can often resolve a lot of headache problems