The suboccipital muscles are the small muscles in the upper cervical spine (between the occiput and C2) that can develop tension and muscle spasms from poor posture and stress. This leads to headaches and pain in the neck and spinal column. This upper cervical area is exactly where the most concentrated number of mechanoreceptors are (muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs). These give information about position sense: proprioception for the whole body. Relaxing the tension in these muscles will reduce stress on the entire body as well as improve coordination and increase the benefits of all exercises performed afterward.
Upper back and neck tension are common complaints that are becoming more prevalent in physical therapy clinics. With the increase use of computers and increasing number of hours seated at a desk, it’s hard to avoid these aches and pains even in active individuals. Prolonged sitting posture contributes to shortened neck muscles and weak upper back muscles. As a result, smaller muscles not designed to be “postural muscles” have to work hard to keep our head righted in the plane of gravity.
The HeadFloater is a simple device that allows one to stretch tight chest muscles, strengthen scapular muscles and allow the posterior cervical muscles to lengthen and relax and provides a very welcome cranial base release. With the HeadFloater one has an easy-to-use tool to reduce tension and improve alignment.
I first was introduced to HeadFloater at the PMI office in NYC. At that time it was only a prototype. I immediately saw its many benefits and uses. I especially like using mine now when I am sitting at my desk working on my computer. It’s a wonderful tool to alleviate neck and shoulder tension.
Excellent product - simple to use and surprisingly effective! I use it to treat persistent neck tension in my Levator Scapulae—typical of too much work in front of a computer—and it relieved pain and tightness within days. Nothing else has worked so well.
The HF is to the Cervical Spine and shoulders as the PFM is to the CORE: the essential beginning of truly integrated, supportive movement. HeadFloater gave me a nice correction in my sub occipital muscles. Great for dealing with Forward Head. A very subtle use of then entire shoulder girdle. HF gets muscles to orchestrate—not just fire. LOVE IT!!!
Clients can’t feel whether their back is working—one reason is they can’t see it! HF eliminates this obstacle and makes them have an AHA moment—-and then a smile.