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Trapezius Muscle Trigger Points

Trapezius Muscle Trigger Points 🧍

The trapezius, a large, trapezium-shaped muscle in the upper back, neck, and shoulders, is integral for neck and shoulder movements. It collaborates with muscles such as the sternocleidomastoid and scalenus, impacting its functionality.

The upper trapezius controls head movements, the middle assists in retracting the shoulder blades, and the lower part aids in shoulder elevation. Trigger points in the trapezius can lead to tension headaches, characterized by sharp pains in the neck, temporal region, and down the back, and may cause balance issues and dizziness.

🤕 Symptoms:

  • Sharp pain from temporal bone to eye & ear.

  • Neck pain extending to back of head.

  • Burning in scapula and middle back.

  • Loss of balance & dizziness.

🏌️‍♂️ Causes:

  • Chronic stress & habitual postures.

  • Neck issues/shoulder muscle weakness.

  • Overuse of mobiles/tablets, tennis/golf.

  • Scoliosis/spinal deformities.

🔴 Trigger Point Referred Pain Patterns:

  • Upper fibers: Pain in neck, temporal region, jaw.

  • Middle fibers: Pain radiating towards spine.

  • Lower fibers: Pain in cervical spine, mastoid, scapula.

🙆Treatment & Rehabilitation Strategies:

  • Spray & Stretch, Deep Stroking Massage.

  • Compression therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques.

  • Positional Release, Dry/Wet Needling.

  • Neck/shoulder stretching & strengthening.

  • Ergonomic adjustments, stress management.

Kindly contact us for more information or download the Booksy App for pricing and or to book your appointment with us.

Chris Heunis

Clinical Therapist

Healing Hands Jeffreys Bay & Eastern Cape

Member of CAMS (Complimentary & Alternative Medical Science) Institute Healing Hands Jeffreys Bay

Tel No: 084 767 2913


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