With misaligned neck, your entire spine will alter its position in attempt to balance out the uneven gravitational pull. After you get your neck adjusted by an upper cervical chiro, YOU STILL NEED to RELAX THOSE CONTRACTED MUSCLES. Do yoga, message, right exercises. Check out youtube video I posted on this board for exercises. DO NOT rely ONLY ON upper cervical!!!!! Upper cervical only serves as a good initial method in fixing misalignment.
How Destabilized Shoulder Blades cause Neck and Upper Back Pain: Because the Rhomboids, and Middle and Lower Trapezius muscles are stretched and weak, the work of anchoring the shoulder blades to the spinal column passes to the Levator Scapula and Upper Trapezius, both of which can't avoid their anatomical role of suspending the shoulder blades from the neck/cervical spine.