|Muscle Name:||Levator Scapula|
|Muscle Group:||Head, Neck & Upper Back|
|Symptoms and Referred Pain:|
|The pain referred from trigger points in the levator scapulae muscle are some of the most common trigger points for individuals who suffer from neck pain or neck/shoulder pain. Pain is referred to the angle of the neck where the base of the neck meets the thorax.
If you have trigger points in the levator scapulae, you may feel pain at the angle of the neck as well as a painful “stiff neck”.
You may be unable to turn the head fully to the same side because of pain on contraction, and not completely to the other side either because of painful increase in muscle tension. In order to look behind yourself, you may turn your entire body.
|Muscle Description:||Scapular Elevator: Levator Scapulae
The levator has two distinct functions. First, when the neck is stabilized, the levator will elevate the scapula (shoulderblade) as a whole. Second, when the scapula is stabilized the levator, due to its fiber orientation, will assist in neck rotation to the same side.