Repetitive Strain Injury/scm


I have had head and and ear pressure for almost 12 mos.  all mri's and cat scans show nothing.  the countless blood test show nothing as well.   I saw a chiro for a 1.5 months who did daily neck adjustments.  soon after I developed pasesthesia in arms at first then every where.  I can't sleep because the sensations get so intense.  I also get lightheadedness  and nasua.  I thought this could be scm related, but my doctors cannot say for sure.

Dont know if you can help but appreciate the time

Hi Basil,

I agree with you that the problem is very likely caused by a tight SCM, and this is confirmed by all the medical tests coming out negative. I imagine that you are fully aware how to feel your SCM by this time, so I'd like to have you use flat fingers and press flat into the SCM, pressing it in toward your neck.  Go all the way up to just below the bone that is behind your ear (the mastoid bone). The numbness you are feeling could also be coming from your scalenes (an anterior neck muscle), &/or your Levator Scapulae (a neck/shoulder muscle) pulling your cervical vertebrae and causing the bones to press on the Brachial Plexus (a bundle of nerves in your neck) or your spinal cord.

I believe it will help if you go to and then go to the section titled "Muscles and Pain" and "What's Happening Exactly."  This will give you more information about tight muscles and how they impact bones.  In your case, the SCM is pulling on the mastoid bone and causing the tiny bones inside your ear to hit askew, which will cause each of the symptoms you are describing.  

There are other ways of treating the SCM but they are confusing to explain in an email message, basically you grip the muscle all the way up toward the mastoid bone, and then hold it for 30-60 seconds.  If your Otolaryngologist (ENT physician) feels that the tiny bones in your ear are all lined up properly, I believe that treating the SCM, and the other muscles, will be effective.

Wishing you well,
   Julie Donnelly  

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Julie Donnelly, LMT


I can accept questions that relate to chronic or acute pain caused by muscle spasms and contractions. Repetitive Strain Injury is actually Cumulative Trauma to muscles. Releasing the spasm &/or contraction will relieve the strain that is felt at the insertion point on the bone. I am the co-developer of the unique safe-stretching program "Focused Flexibility Training," which combines easy instruction for self-treating spasms throughout your body with proven yoga stretches. I have recently authored two new books: "The 15 Minute Back Pain Solution," and "The Secret to Your Best Golf Game EVER!


Since 1989 I have been working with endurance athletes and individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions. I have authored seven self-treatment books and three self-treatment DVDs and I have developed the Julstro System for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, Trigger Finger, and other Hand/Wrist pain. I am a national and international presenter at conventions, seminars, and workshops. Principle topics are "Work Shouldn't Hurt," and "The Pain Free Athlete." In 2005 and 2006 I was the massage therapist for ultracyclists competing in the Race Across America (RAAM) 3000+ mile race from San Diego, CA to Atlantic City, NJ. I've taught the Julstro techniques to physical therapists at the Cleveland Clinic, to massage therapists in areas around the USA, and I've taught Julstro self-treatment clinics to dancers at Juilliard School of Performing Arts (NYC),the sprinting team at NC State, and I am working closely with several Olympic-hopeful. We have successfully eliminated the repetitive strain injuries that could keep them out of the Olympic Games, and the best part is they know how to do the self-treatments so they can stay pain-free and flexible.

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