Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) Trigger Points

Sternocleidomastoid Exercises & Stretches

Testing for Trigger Points:

Sensitivity can be tested by pincer grip with lift.

Pain Symptoms

  • Sternal branch: behind the eye socket, above the eyes, cheeks, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
  • Clavicular: forehead, behind the ear, molar teeth.

Common Functional Symptoms:

  • Headaches such as tension headaches and migranes are common.


Two Heads and two functions:

  • Sternal function: Responsible for rotating the head left and right.  Contract and release technique is effective
  • Clavicular function: Tilt and twist down (small movement) – almost a diagonal movement.  Stretch is rotate in the opposite direction and raise.  Partner version can be done as well.

About Coach Paul

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BioMedical Engineering - Johns Hopkins University.
Juris Doctorate - Rutgers.

Paul has trained over 3000 clients and more than a 100 personal trainers over his 10 years as a mobility and strength coach.  He emphasizes safety and corrective exercises in all programming (strength, weight loss, conditioning, etc.)  His practice focuses on improving flawed movement patterns to prevent injury and improve skeletal-muscular function.  Paul employs Muscle Energy techniques, FMS, Tigger Point Therapy, Yoga, and M|WOD to systematically strengthen weakened muscles and mobilize joints and muscle tissue.  Move Better... Train Better.

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