© 2008, Til Luchau, Advanced-Trainings.com
What are the most common complaints you see in your practice? Chances are, neck pain and discomfort are high on the list. Although cervical issues can have many causes, you’ll often see better results if you begin by addressing restrictions in the superficial layers of the neck and shoulders. Whether caused by deep articular fixations, posture and misalignment, habits, stress, injury, or other reasons, neck issues respond quicker and stay away longer, when the outer wrappings are released first. And, as with other parts of the body, many seemingly deeper neck issues resolve when the external layers have been freed. In this article, I’ll describe how to work with these superficial but important layers in order to prepare the neck for working with its deeper structures.
The neck’s superficial tissue layers have a great deal of influence on its alignment, mobility and health. These “outer wrappings” encircle the neck and shoulders like an over-large turtleneck sweater, or a surgical collar (Figure 1)