Decreased Range of Motion for Rotation of the Cervical Spine

Pain & Injury on October 19th, 2010 No Comments

How many times have you awakened in the morning and were unable to turn your head from one side to the other?  Sleeping on your stomach with the head rotated to one side is a common cause of decreased rotation of the cervical spine and neck stiffness. Prolonged cervical rotation decreases blood flow through the vertebral artery on the contralateral side of rotation, starving the neck muscles of oxygen and nutrient rich blood, and decreasing venous return. The primary muscles involved in this problem are the Levator Scapulae and Sternocleidomastoid. What other muscles might be contributing to this problem??

No Responses to “Decreased Range of Motion for Rotation of the Cervical Spine”

Leave a Reply