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How to Treat a Trigger Point - Trapezius

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Dr. Jonathan Kuttner - Treating a Trapezius Trigger Point

 

 

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The trapezius is an important neck muscle and any spastic activity in the SCM, suboccipitals, scalenes, longus colli, levator scapulae, or many other muscles will have an effect on its status.

The upper portion decelerates the head, the middle portion decelerates protraction, and the lower portion decelerates shoulder elevation.

Remember that many people hold emotional tension in the upper trapezius.

Referred Pain - Trapezius Trigger Points

Trapezius trigger points typically lead to tension headaches, or pain felt along the side of the neck.

In some cases the client will present with pain at the back of the head, and possible a burning type pain experienced down into the vertebral side of the scapula and the middle back.

Many experts believe that trapezius trigger points can be associated with loss of balance and dizziness.

Trapezius trigger points are often mistaken for disc pathologies, neuralgia, spinal stenosis, shoulder bursitis, or arthritis.

 

 

 Trapezius Trigger Points

Upper Trapezius Trigger Point / Referred Pain Map

 

 

Dr. Jonathan Kuttner

Dr Jonathan Kuttner (MBBCH, Dip Sports Med, Dip MSM, FRNZCGP, FAFMM) is a musculo-skeletal pain specialist who has spent the last 35 years in New Zealand working as a doctor, teacher and writer.

In 2014 Dr. Kuttner was the recipient of the NAMTPT Lifetime Award for Contribution to Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy.

Dr. Kuttner is regularly featured on national TV and radio.

  

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