The scalene muscle group is made up of an anterior, middle, and posterior muscle. They are located on each side of the neck, attaching from the spine to the 1st and 2nd ribs. The scalene muscles assist in respiration, or breathing, by elevating the top ribs. They also contract to help you look downward and tilt your head to the side.
A very important bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus travels through these muscles, so it is possible to experience tingling into the shoulders or down the arm when these muscles are overly tight.
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