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5 ways to tell if your neck pain is caused by trigger points

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How can you tell if your Neck Pain is coming from trigger points, discs, muscles, ligaments or Joints? Check these symptoms below and you will discover if this is your pain.

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The majority of  upper back pain and even neck pain is caused by trigger points. That is, its a muscular problem. But how can you tell if you have trigger point related pain? Have a look at the typical signs of upper back and especially neck trigger points  and see if this is your pain and then i will show you how to help it.

  1. A Tight,stiff and Inflexible Neck. You crave stretch, because you feel stiff, tight and inflexible however the stretching rarely does anything more than give you temporary relief at best. You stretch and stretch and stretch but this really does nothing more than ‘take the edge off your pain’. This tends to be a classic sign of trigger point related pain and in my experience, the one above all else that tells me it’s from trigger points. I used to have this type of neck pain 20 years ago, and it would drive me crazy, very much like a smoker needs more and more cigarettes to ‘get his fill’, I found myself needing to stretch more and more to try to ease my aching neck-but with very limited results.
  2. Your Neck feels better in the shower Trigger points generally like heat and not cold.In fact, necks as a whole dont like cold winds and drafts but you will find that putting warmth on your neck (such as warm baths, hot showers and heat packs) will be helpful.
  3. Very Tender Points You will probably find that if you press around the base of the skull and along the sides of your neck you will discover , as i call them, ‘exquisitely tender points’. These will be areas, some tiny areas, that when you press on them will be unbelievably sensitive to relatively light touch. These will almost certainly be trigger points. You may even find that by pressing on some of these, such as under the base of the skull, you recreate that headache over the eye you suffer from, or by pressing around your base of your neck and top of your shoulder area you get that shoulder and arm pain again. These are classic referral signs from trigger points. Trigger points are well known to refer pain to other areas of the body.
  4. Headaches You may or may not have headaches but these can be very common with neck trigger points.
  5. Pain comes on after sitting at the computer or driving Trigger points are located in muscle tissue and do not like sustained muscle contraction which is exactly what happens when you sit poorly at your computer with poor posture, or driving with a forward head posture. Remember that every inch your head is forward of good postural position, creates an extra 10 pounds of stress on your neck structures  and none moreso than the levator scapulae muscles. These are those big ropy muscles that you can feel as you put your fingers onto the sides of the base of your neck which join to the shoulder blades. They are commonly involved in that aching feeling between your shoulder blades when you are working at the computer and especially involved in problems turning your head.( eg. turning your head to the left produces pain on your left side of your neck)

Here is my neck secret No.1 to help Trigger point pain in seconds