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Doctor insights on: Sternocleidomastoid Exercises

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What are some good exercises for stretching the sternocleidomastoid?

What are some good exercises for stretching the sternocleidomastoid?

Head rotation : Rotate your head around about 30 degree or so to the left side . Raise your left hand up and grap the right side of the head and pull your head back till you feel like you got good stretch for like 10 seconds.Then release and relax for a second , and repeat again for another 30 seconds for multiple times . And then do it on the other side rotate to the right and use your right hand. ...Read more

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How much time can you live with a cut in the sternocleidomastoid?

How much time can you live with a cut in the sternocleidomastoid?

As long as only the-: -SCM muscle is cut and no vascular injury is present, you will have a normal life span. The only thing you will have is SCM dysfunction. ...Read more

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I have sternocleidomastoid spasm(torticollitis).What's the treatment?

I have sternocleidomastoid spasm(torticollitis).What's the treatment?

Torticollis: See a neurologist to be examined in detail and to discuss the treatment options, which include medications or Botox treatment. See this link for more information on torticollis, i.e. Dystonia. ...Read more

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My sternocleidomastoid on the right side of my neck is big than the left it pokes out i can see in the mirror and feels large and hard what happenin?

My   sternocleidomastoid on the right side of my neck is big than the left it pokes out i can see in the mirror and feels large and hard what happenin?

There are a ...: Number of structures in the neck deep to the scm that can cause the muscle to displace laterally and look big and feel hard. Large lymph nodes are most common, also tumors and cysts occur here. Torticollis can affect the muscle as can benign and malignant tumors of the muscle, however these are rare. Suggest you see a physician. ...Read more

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What happens if the sternocleidomastoid muscle were visibly showing?

What happens if the sternocleidomastoid muscle were visibly showing?

SCM muscle: Usually becomes more visible with loss of neck fat. No adverse consequences. ...Read more

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Can sternocleidomastoid cause dizziness when laying down?

Can sternocleidomastoid cause dizziness when laying down?

No: This is the name of a muscle, not an abnormality. Ask your DR. "Dizzy" or fainting? Vertigo? Positional vertigo? ...Read more

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I cannot get the left side sternocleidomastoid and trapezius to relax. I had this for years and now my face on that side is hurting too. What to do?

I cannot get the left side sternocleidomastoid and trapezius to relax. I had this for years and now my face on that side is hurting too.  What to do?

Be evaluated: The two likely possibilities are that there is some underlying problem in your neck, such as a pinched nerve, and then treating that condition will likely help the problem; or that you may have cervical dystonia, for which things like Botox injections and therapy can be helpful. A detailed exam and studies are likely needed for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have itchy areas along my sternocleidomastoid muscle on both sides of my neck it s symmetrical there is not redness or bumps yet but it s constantly?

I have itchy areas along my sternocleidomastoid muscle on both sides of my neck it s symmetrical there is not redness or bumps yet but it s constantly?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers help with a injured sternocleidomastoid?

Do muscle relaxers help with a injured sternocleidomastoid?

Maybe a little: Muscle injuries generally respond well to ice, rest, stretching, and time. Medications like nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc...) can help decrease inflammation in and around the muscle. Muscle relaxers can sometimes be helpful, but have the undesirable side effects of drowsiness and sometimes disorientation. Consult with your physician to decide what combination of treatments is best for you. ...Read more

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Are sternocleidomastoid muscle syndrome and tmjd related? Does one problem cause a flare up of the other? Symptoms of both seem similar.

Are sternocleidomastoid muscle syndrome and tmjd related? Does one problem cause a flare up of the other? Symptoms of both seem similar.

Often related: The muscles of the head and neck area are often involved in temporomandibular joint disorder.
Muscle spasm is a common finding and many different sets of muscles can become tender/spasmotic when the condition flares.
Muscle spasm is the body's mechanism to prevent movement of a painful joint. ...Read more

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In what way can the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle affect the tongue?

Sternocleidomastoid: It doesn't affect the tongue at all. It is connected to the mastoid process behind the ear and goes to the clavicle. It does not impact tongue motion. The tongue itself is mainly a muscle called the genioglossus. Many other muscles impact the motion of the tongue. ...Read more

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Can a lump on my back be the result of a pulled sternocleidomastoid muscle

Can a lump on my back be the result of a pulled sternocleidomastoid muscle

No: SCM is located in the front @ the sternum adjacent 2 the prox sterno-clavicular joint and at the side of Ur scull behind the ear along the area of the mastoid. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have induration just below earflap and 2 cm above the mandibular angle between ramus of the mandible and sternocleidomastoid muscle?

Is it normal to have induration just below earflap and 2 cm above the mandibular angle between ramus of the mandible and sternocleidomastoid muscle?

Not normal: Induration is never a normal finding. When tissue becomes inflamed either from an infectious or non infectious source, hormones are released in the local area that result in a series of events causing redness, warmth, pain, and swelling as the capillaries in the area become more "leaky" causing induration. The area you describe has many different potential causes. See your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Many possibilities: How big? increasing in size? painful? history of infections? history of cancer? how deep? what does it feel like? swollen lymph nodes in the area? redness to the skin? does it move or is it fixed in position? drainage? fever? itching? fatigue? Large number of possibilities, benign cyst, fatty lump (lipoma), enlarged lymph node would be common, have a doctor check it. Most serious, but rare, cancer ...Read more

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2 soft pea size lump on left side of neck behind the sternocleidomastoid They are not painful I'm very scared of cancer ?

2 soft pea size lump on left side of neck behind the sternocleidomastoid
They are not painful
I'm very scared of cancer
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Lymph nodes: Doing what they are supposed to do to protect you from infections. Don't worry about them, don't mess with them, and they will probably go away. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can dysfunction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (chronic tightness) alter my speaking voice and make my speaking seem strained?

Can dysfunction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (chronic tightness) alter my speaking voice and make my speaking seem strained?

Sternocleidomastoid: The sternocleidomastoid is involved in head/neck turning and flexion. It has no direct role in speech or laryngeal function. ...Read more

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My sternocleidomastoid muscle on the right side of my neck is enlarged. Feels a bit stiff. No tenderness or pain. Noticeable larger than left side. ?

Probably spasm: The stiff Muscle can be inflammed and feels swollen. Try to apply Moist heat/Ice. Use Anti inflammtory medicine like Aleve (naproxen) or Advil . May apply topical Muscle relaxant. If not better in 3 days Get examined. ...Read more

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Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?

Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?

Neck Bump: Any "bump" present this long needs further evaluation. Most bumps due to infections of the upper respiratory tract resolve within a few weeks of the infection. A bump present longer than a couple of months needs urgent evaluation. Go see your doctor. You may need to see an ent. ...Read more

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Why does my left ear pop/crackle when i put pressure on my upper sternocleidomastoid/under my ear lobe?

Why does my left ear pop/crackle when i put pressure on my upper sternocleidomastoid/under my ear lobe?

Possibly from: Pressure, inflammation or blocked eustachian tube and/or middle ear. See ur dr or ENT if it worsens. Take care! http://www.Medicinenet.Com/script/main/mobileart.Asp?Articlekey=9473. ...Read more

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I have multiple baby shotty soft moveable lymph nodes I can feel posterior to my sternocleidomastoid muscle. And cervical. Doc said they r ok. ?

I have multiple baby shotty soft moveable lymph nodes I can feel posterior to my sternocleidomastoid muscle. And cervical. Doc said they r ok. ?

Probably OK: Without personally evaluating these it is difficult to know what these are. Lymph nodes help clean up infection for a living and when they are earning their keep they may become mildly enlarged, generally soft, mobile and non-tender. Suspect your physician is correct. ...Read more

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Can a chronically tight sternocleidomastoid muscle cause you to have TMJ issues and aches on the jaw muscles?

Can a chronically tight sternocleidomastoid muscle cause you to have TMJ issues and aches on the jaw muscles?

Yes: But you may have this in reverse order. TMJ disease can result in muscle spasm and aches, sometimes with bruxism. ...Read more

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I have tight sternocleidomastoid muscle, plus scalene and painful tmj joint but normal opening. No neurological symptoms. Could all this be muscle?

Yes, muscle spasms: It is difficult to make a suggestion without more history but TMJ can cause muscle spasms, but not usually in the SCM and scalenes. The SCM muscle may be spastic by the way you sleep or use it and also may be caused by a virus. Try ibuprofen and if not relieved in 2-3 days see a doctor as there may be something under the muscle causing it. ...Read more

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My sternocleidomastoid as well as scalene and other neck musclesstays flexed for 2-3 seconds after I relax the muscles. Also I begin to feel a twitch in my lower lip upon relase of flexing the muscles. Is this a sign of muscular disease?

Dystonia? stress? : 2 possibilities come to mind quickly. 1 is mechanically induced muscle spasm which could be postural and/or due to skeletal abnormalities. 2 dystonia (regional) in which mechanisms in the nervous system mis-program muscle relaxation and contraction. This requires neurological assessment. ...Read more

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Today the muscle from the ear, known as sternocleidomastoid, has swollen. I have to pain in the mouth or gums. Only the swelling on the side. ?

Today the muscle from the ear, known as sternocleidomastoid, has swollen.  I have to pain in the mouth or gums.  Only the swelling on the side.  ?

Neck swelling: What you describe is not likely a swollen muscle, but a neck mass, swollen gland, or other infectious entity. Whether or not there is pain in the mouth or gums is immaterial. See a surgeon for an exam. ...Read more

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Woke up today with a stiff neck from below ear downwards, feel unwell and lump on sternocleidomastoid muscle. My neck really tender hurts to touch?

Woke up today with a stiff neck from below ear downwards, feel unwell and lump on sternocleidomastoid muscle. My neck really tender hurts to touch?

Get checked out: A lump on your sternocleidomastoid could be a lymph node. In that case, you might have an infection or inflammation. There are many causes of stiff neck, but in the setting of swollen lymph nodes, i would be sure to be checked out. Meningitis can cause stiff neck, for example, and you don't want to miss that diagnosis. I would see a doc asap. ...Read more

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5yr old son says he has sore neck, there is a lump maybe 2 inches slightly diagonally from bottom of his ear, I think sternocleidomastoid is also sore?

5yr old son says he has sore neck, there is a lump maybe 2 inches slightly diagonally from bottom of his ear, I think sternocleidomastoid is also sore?

Reactive adenitis: Could be a non specific viral illness that triggered local lymph node and parotid gland swelling. Just requires observation for now. Would see pediatrician if becomes red, increased swelling, high fever. If he is immunized there's little concern for mumps. ...Read more