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How can poor shoulder function cause neck pain and headaches?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy
The upper, outer edge of the scapula (shoulder blade) needs to elevate to approximately the seventh cervical vertebra. Especially when the scapula is depressed to begin with, the chances of reaching your seventh cervical vertebra are much reduced. When the scapula does not elevate properly, increased stress is placed on the muscles attaching the scapula to the neck and head, potentially causing spinal compression or rotation. This is often at the root of neck pain and/or headaches.
Fixing You: Neck Pain & Headaches: Self-Treatment for healing Neck pain and headaches due to Bulging Disks, Degenerative Disks, and other diagnoses.

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Fixing You: Neck Pain & Headaches: Self-Treatment for healing Neck pain and headaches due to Bulging Disks, Degenerative Disks, and other diagnoses.

There are two major muscles connecting the shoulder blade to the head and neck. Because the shoulder system isn't working well, continual stress is placed on the head and neck creating...

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