Neck/Levator Self-Myofascial-Release

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

Do You Get Neck Pain Or Tension?

Similarly to the Chin To Chest Neck Stretch, this may be the exercise for you!


SMR stands for self-myofascial-release, it is a method of attempting to eliminate "trigger points" and restoring myofascial integrity and normal function.


So what does SMR actually mean?


Firstly, the "fascia" is basically a layer of connective tissue that we have surrounding our muscle tissue. Its main aim is to give a layer of support and protection to the muscles, and the body in general, fascial tissue covers most of the body.


The traditional view regarding this myofascial tissue is that it is a passive tissue that transmits forces and tension around the body and holds our body together.


So basically what we are doing with this exercise is the self-release of tension in the connective tissue.


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Neck/Levator SMR Exercise Instructions:

Target Muscle: Neck/Levator

Exercise Type: Stretch


Follow the instructions below for an effective way to relieve stress and tension within your neck/levator myofascial tissue.


  1. Be sure not to place the roller directly against your spine, but rotate it slightly, so that the roller is up against the muscles on either side of your neck. This will be your starting position.

  2. Starting at the top of your neck, slowly roll down the muscles on the side of your neck, pausing at points of tension, for 10-30 seconds.


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