STEP 1: How to Locate the Splenius Cervicus Trigger Point #Two
The Splenius Cervicis is a muscle at the back of the neck. It arises from a narrow tendinous band within the spinous processes of the third to the sixth thoracic vertebrae. It is inserted, by tendinous extensions, into the transverse processes of the upper two or three cervical vertebrae. Its name is based on the Greek word, ‘splenion’ which means ‘bandage’, and the Latin word ‘cervix’ meaning ‘neck’. The function of the Splenius Cervicis muscle is thus to aid in the extension of the cervical spine and neck, the rotation to the side, and the flexion of the neck. This muscle has two trigger points. The second trigger point, sometimes called the lower trigger point, presents just below the base of the neck between the shoulder blades in the midline. Feel for sensitive spots in this region. It has a related pain pattern around the shoulders and base of the neck.
STEP 2: How to Self-Release the Splenius Cervicus Trigger Point # Two
There are two ways to massage the Splenius Cervicis. The first requires only your hands. Locate the muscle, mimicking the example we learned in the previous video. Feel for the base of the neck. The trigger point is located about four to five finger widths below, slightly outside the center line. If, for instance, you experience pain over your right TrP, use the fingers of your left hand and press over the area. Hold for 30 seconds and release.The second method requires the additional use of a ball and a pillow. Lie down with your head resting on the pillow. Next, locate the lower trigger point of the Splenius Cervicis and place the ball over the area below your neck. Should you require more pressure, rest both hands behind your neck and release your head downwards. Hold for 30 seconds and release. A third option for this muscle includes placing two balls side-by-side and massaging both areas simultaneously.
STEP 3: How to Stretch the Splenius CervicusTrigger Point # Two
Stretching the Splenius Cervicus is quite simple. We learned that this muscle helps in lifting the head/chin. To stretch this muscle, we’ll be doing the opposite movements. This stretch can be done either sitting or standing. First, place your left hand over your head and gently tuck your chin into your chest as much as possible. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute and release, remembering to stretch the other side afterward.