Anthony Marchand Bicycle Repair And Maintenance information And Tips
Neck Pain and Upper Back
In this section we will be discussing trigger points for neck pain and their treatment using a devise called a Theracane. A Thera Cane is curved plastic devise with handles and plastic knobs to apply pressure to trigger points (tender muscle knots) that are hard to reach. If the trigger points are active, they resist contraction and normal performance.
Repeated treatments for short interval will give the best results. Remember, do not use these activities if you have osteoporosis, any injury or recent surgery. Also discontinue any activity if the pain severe or worsens, in which case consult your medical advisor.
(luh-VAY-ter SCAP-yuh-lee): Levator is the latin root for elevator. It's job is to lift the scapula or shoulder blade. Lower edge attaches to the inner edge of the shoulder blade and it's upper edge to th top four neck vertebrae.
- Assist in raising the shoulder blades.
- Turn the head to the same side.
- Steadies the head against forward/downward movement.
. There may be 3 or more trigger points (or tender muscle knots) located as shown that may refer pain to other parts of the neck. If the trigger points are active, they resist contraction and normal performance. The Result may be any or all of the following:
- Pain and stiffness in the angle of the neck.
- Referred pain along the shoulder blade and back of the shoulder.
- Pain on turning ones head to look back for a car.
- Over exercise.
- Poor bike fit.
- Poor posture especially while sitting or reading.
- Phone clamped between neck and shoulder.
- Backpacks or purses strapped over the shoulder.
- Emotional stress.
- Reading with the book on your lap.
Treatment. There are 3 trigger points of concern. One located at the point where the muscle meets the scapula. The middle buried in the top of the scapula, and the highest located up toward the base of the skull.
. There may be 4 or more trigger points located as shown. If the trigger points are active, they resist contraction and normal performance. The Result may be any or all of the following:
Trigger Point 1
located in very topmost fibers in thick roll of muscle where it joins shoulder joins the neck.
Trigger points 2
- Neck pain.
- Temple head aches.
- lower jaw pain.
located inch or so apart in the deep roll of muscle a the top of the shoulder.
Trigger Points 3
- Pain at the base of the skull.
- Neck pain.
located at the lower trapezius as it passes over the shoulder blade.
Trigger Points 4
- Pain at base of skull.
- Pain in the trapezius itself.
- Burning pain in the mid-back.
located next to the inner border of the shoulder blade.
- Poor posture such as slumping while seated or not holding your head up right while seated, standing or walking.
- Lack of elbow support at your computer.
- Emotional stress.
- For athletes, weakness due to lack of strengthening exercises.
. See our video Self Massage Neck
. There are multiple trigger points of concern. One located
- Use a Thera Cane as shown to apply pressure to the point starting with the middle trigger point. In this case, back with your upper hand and forward with the lower hand. Move the cane until you locate the point of soreness. Move the cane back and forth a minute amount using it in one direction. Do this 6 to 12 times only.
- Move to the lower trigger point or any others that you find and repeat.
- Use your thumb on the upper trigger point in the same manner
- Repeat several times a day until you see relief
Self Massage: Neck
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