Most massage therapists would probably consider that the levator scapula is one of the more significant muscles of the neck and shoulder complex. Massaging and changing the tone of the levator scapula can resolve the pain and discomfort that many clients feel in the neck. According to Ian Harvey, aka Massage Sloth, around 80-90% of stiff neck or crick in the neck then levator scapula is the main culprit.
Also forward head posture leads to the lev scap being in a constant state of tension. If you suffer from regular neck cricks then investing your desk ergonomics so that there is less incentive to have a forward head posture, may reduce the frequency of neck cricks.
Simple palpation of levator scapula is to be anterior to trapezius, posterior to SCM and working on the transverse processes will result in palpation of lev scap.
This post includes youtube videos of various approaches to massage of the levator scapula.
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