Trapezius "The Coat Hanger" HEAD/NECK & SHOULDER PAIN

Trapezius aka the coat hanger is one of the largest back muscles that are separated into 3 muscles: the upper trapezius, the middle trapezius, and the lower trapezius.

Pain Referral

There are 4- primary trigger points in the trapezius muscle

  1. Anterior trapezius trigger point : refers pain to the side of the neck, jaw face and up into the temple region of the head

  2. Upper trapezius trigger point: referred pain from this trigger point projects strongly to the back of the neck near the occiput, and travels down the back of the neck into the shoulder region.

  3. Middle trapezius trigger point referred pain from this trigger point vertically along the inside edge of the shoulder blade often people describe it as burning pain between shoulder blades.

  4. Lower trapezius trigger point l referred pain to the tip of shoulder joint, near the AC joint

Muscle Action: All three trapezius muscles originate along the spine and extend laterally to attach to the shoulder girdle. The Muscle is used to tilt and turn the head and neck, shrug, steady the shoulders, and twist the arms. The trapezius elevates, depresses, rotates, and retracts the scapula, or shoulder blade

Primary Symptoms

Back of Head Pain

Back of Neck Pain

Cheek Pain (like Sinusitis)

Headaches or Migraines

Mid-Thoracic Back Pain

Problems Holding Arms Up (as when folding sheets)

Temple and Eyebrow Pain

Temporal Headache (Temples)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)

Upper Thoracic Back Pain

Secondary Symptoms

Back of Shoulder Pain

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