Splenius Capitis! No, I didn’t make that term up. It’s the technical term for a muscle that runs along the back of your neck and helps you move your head correctly.
An injury to this muscle is known as splenius capitis syndrome and presents as pain and discomfort in your neck and shoulders. It usually occurs as the result of injuries like car accidents, trauma and falls.
Along with pain and discomfort, splenius capitis syndrome can also cause nausea and vomiting. Needless to say, it can be quite unpleasant.
Physical therapy has been found to be an effective treatment to help manage the pain. It has also been found to assist in the recovery of this muscle. Specifically, resistance training is beneficial for treating the injury.
Because the neck and spinal column is more vulnerable than most parts of the body, it’s very important to understand that certain movements are much more dangerous for you. A licensed physical therapist can help you identify these dangerous actions and show you alternative ways to move with less risk,
Splenius capitis syndrome is different in all patients. If you continue to experience pain during your rehab, you should call your doctor immediately.