Trigger points in the Levator scapula

The Levator scapula is a muscle in your neck that originates on the transverse processes of C1-C4 and inserts on the superior part of the medial border of the scapula. The primary actions of this muscle are to elevate the scapula and rotate the glenoid fossa downward. It also rotates the neck to the same side and assists in extension. When this muscle is tight it restricts neck rotation resulting in the classic “stiff neck”. With a forward head position the Levator is often stretched and over worked. To help combat this you must get the head back by releasing the anterior chest and neck muscles. Trigger points in this muscle refer pain into the angle of the neck and down the shoulder blade.


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