NECK PAIN - TRIGGER POINT OVERVIEW
Chronic tension and neck ache, stress headache, cervical spine pain, and whiplash. Trigger point therapy can be very effective for this region. These muscles often have multiple trigger points, and finding the correct ones is essential.
STEP 1 Study the anatomy and direction of the muscle fibers.
Sitting ICT to upper and middle trapezius (STP).
Slide down the rhomboids (downward), only pausing on trigger points.
Move up to trigger points within the splenius capitis.
Finally locate and inhibit trigger points in the scalenes group.
STEP 3 Massage area generously.
STEP 4 Dragging massage technique to cervical erector spinae:
With patient supine, stand on opposite side. Place fingertips under muscles on opposite side of neck. Slowly drag patient toward you, while asking them to turn their head toward you. Repeat on other side.
STEP 5 With patient still supine, finish with ICT on posterior points of epicranius (occipitofrontalis), asking patient to drop the weight of their head into your fingers.