Levator Scapulae: A Pain In The Neck

Today we're focusing on the Levator Scapula muscle and it's associated trigger points and pain patterns.

Origin: the transverse spinal processes of C1-C4 Insertion: the superior angle of the scapula Action: elevation of the scapula, extension and lateral flexion of the neck

The main trigger points of the Levator Scapula muscle are at the angle of the neck and just superior to where the muscle attaches at the superior angle of the scapula. Common complaints associated with this muscle are that of a "stiff neck" or torticollis, complaints of "holding stress" in the neck,and anterior rotated shoulders. If any of this sounds familiar to you, give the office a call to see if massage therapy or chiropractic care may help!

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