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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

I have a strained SCM (sternocleidomastoid) in the neck. Can massage help?

Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Hello: Use ice and heat therapy and get light massage and light stretching.
Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Absolutely! Neck work will help the body relax and get nutrients to the SCM.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, very easy to treat. Make sure it has been 48 hours since the strain, then we do some advanced Medical /orthopedic techniques to regain its strength.
Ashley Hiatt (Austin, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
I would check with your doctor first to make sure that you have a strained muscle, if you haven't already. Icing is effective after the strain. Heat if it has been several days Massage can be great for strained muscles. You can massage your neck yourself or go to a provider. They will loosen up the area, stretch and massage it. Depending upon the severity of the injury will determine how many treatments you need.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes massage can help a great deal. BMT (body mobilization technique) should be applied after the muscles are warmed up.
Norma Segovia (San Antonio, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, massage will help the SCM. In the meantime, use heat to help loosen the neck muscles.
Jacqueline Cole-Wright (Lehigh Acres, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage could be beneficial, as the SCM can be massaged directly. The number and type of pillow you sleep on can aid or aggravate this condition. I know this from past experience!
Lara Aitken (Orlando, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage and acupuncture can help you by increasing circulation to the area.
Della Melville (Plainfield, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage can help to relieve your strained SCM by cleaning up any trigger points (or knots) and allowing blood and lymph to flow more freely. A qualified Massage Therapist can also help you to evaluate your posture, movements, and sleeping habits to see why you may be sore in that area.
Brian Wah (Herndon, VA) on Oct 10, 2014
With a doctors consent, shiatsu or acupuncture would work well.
Nadia Loury (Glenolden, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage would be helpful as long as the strain has occurred more than 48 hrs ago and the area is not inflamed.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage will definitely help in this situation.
Sal Anzalone (East Patchogue, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
SCM injuries react very well to massage. Massage brings fresh blood and oxygen to the muscles, relieving pain.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage will help your SCM big time if the therapy is done correctly.
Tom Chancy (Reno, NV) on Oct 10, 2014
No need to avoid massage - but careful stretching and even some deeper massage on the SCM can help you get the relief you need. Additionally, some heat/cold therapy (alternating) can be helpful.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Absolutely, but you will need to see someone who knows active release techniques.
Judy Watkins (New Smyrna Beach, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, massage can certainly help a strain in the SCM. Additional information, such as how long ago the strain took place, and looking at the range of motion is helpful to determine what techniques should be employed by the massage therapist. The strain has caused some micro tears in the tissue and the body will have to heal this itself. If the strain is only a few days old, I recommend that you wait a week to 10 days before being assessed by a massage therapist.
Jennifer Forte (Ithaca, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage can be very helpful, as long as the strain is not acute. If your SCM has been causing you pain for some time now, then I would definitely suggest massage and light stretching. Alternating hot and cold compresses should help as well.
Kimberly Deane (Media, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
I would imagine massage would be helpful here. I would recommend a therapist who is very mindful and listens very well. It sounds like your SCM needs rest but often the neck holds so much tension that releasing surrounding tight muscles could improve the healing and functionality of your SCM.
Kim Greenlee (El Paso, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage can definitely help, especially neuromuscular massage.
Kim Pham (Cincinnati, OH) on Oct 10, 2014
Cross fiber friction will help the SCM soften and relax.
Stacey Davidson (Scottsdale, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage is amazing for relieving neck-related injury, tightness and pain! I also recommend icing for ten minutes for acute injuries and a heat/ice combo for older strains. I utilize a deeper tissue/trigger point therapy, aromatherapy, hot towels and stretches to help massage clients in my own practice.
Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Oct 10, 2014
Absolutely. Use heat and ice, alternating every 10 minutes for the first 48 hours. Then see a licensed massage therapist weekly for 30 minutes of light to medium-pressure massage. Don't let your massage therapist dig in too deeply or you'll be hurting worse than before you walked in. Ask the therapist to stretch out your SCM slowly and some of your symptoms should be alleviated. I hope you feel better soon! Take care!
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, it can.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes but only by a good neuromuscular or myoskeletal massage therapist! You need to find a professional with lots of experience and curiosity.