This is what has been happening with my neck and shoulder:
Initially, everything was in spasm - the upper trap, the levator, the sterno cleido mastoid (SCM) (this muscle goes from the collar bone to that little boney thing behind your ear). As of last Tuesday (five week out from surgery), she says the trap is much better and the SCM has improved except that the upper part of the SCM is still in spasm. I still have inflammation high up in the cervical spine - C-3 and up. The deep stabilizing muscles are in spasm - these would be the scalenes and the splenius capitis. So, I am back on 1/2 dosage of my muscle relaxant and will continue until I see her on Monday.
I may have exacerbated all these muscle issues by getting back on the golf course and getting started on my excercise routine too soon. Oh, well!!
So, I would suggest to everyone to be aware that the shoulder and neck tightness may not improve for sometime. I am continuing on with my activities and things are getting better..maybe just a little slower than I would have liked.
I have emailed D.Dake with this information - thought it might be useful to him.
Marie sent me this link - good pictures of muscle groups
http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/ ... r-Scapulae