October 24, 2017

Treat Neck Problems By Releasing Scalene Muscle Trigger Points

Scalenes Muscle Trigger Point Anatomy

This video is about releasing trigger points in your scalene muscles of the neck.

There are 3 scalene muscles, the anterior, middle and posterior muscles. They attach from the cervical spine down to the first and second ribs. They work to bend the neck to the side as well as stabilize the head along with other neck muscles.

Trigger point anatomy of the scalenes.

Trigger point of the scalene muscle

Contact sports such as hockey, football, ruby, and wrestling where whiplash-like motions are encountered regularly will produce trigger points in each of the scalene muscles. Even an unexpected fall or car accident will also cause them.

The trigger point referral pattern is complex, it is commonly described as a deep, aching, and persistent pain.

You might feel it in the upper chest, and or the upper back, back of the shoulder and arm on the side of the thumb. It can be in all or one of them. The most common place for the trigger point is to be located in the posterior scalene.

The posterior scalene trigger point is close to the levator scapulae trigger point which is close to the trapezius trigger point. Only the TP BuddieRx can target the exact trigger point. This is extremely effective for treament and efficient. You spend less time treating yourself and less time in pain.

The scalenes can be found by locating the collarbone, trapezius, and sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles. In this triangle are the scalene muscles. To find the SCM, bend the neck to the left and drop the chin to the shoulder, the right SCM will become noticeable. The trapezius and collarbone are easy to find. Take the fingers of your left hand and place it in the middle section of the SCM. The scalene muscles are located just behind the SCM.

Use your fingers to massage the scalenes in an upward and downward motion. You will feel taut bands of the scalene muscles here. Once you get an idea of where the scalenes are with your fingers, remember where you felt muscle knots.

Once you get an idea of where the scalenes are with your fingers, remember where you felt muscle knots.

Take the TP BuddieRx using the correct hand position (see blog video above) and place it on the muscle knot.

Apply pressure on it for 3-5 seconds before releasing it. You should feel and tingle pain sensation, this is the muscle knot releasing. Typically, repeat 2x to 4x ON and OFF pressure applications should alleviate the muscle knot and reduce its size.

Aim to reduce and not remove the muscle knot.

Make sure to get biofeedback by using your fingers. First, to find the muscle knots, and also after releasing them with the TP BuddieRx. These are important biofeedback stages of manual therapy or self-care.

Treating neck muscles can be intimidating since medical professionals are always cautioning you against it. They are a muscle like all other muscles and neglecting them is not a good option for those who want to remain a life-long athlete.

This is a good alternative method to manage pain in your neck naturally, and you should embrace manual therapy or self-care for the neck. This is the fastest way to treat simple neck problems as soon as they arise.


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