Pain Trp X1, X2 & X3
The splenius capitis and cervicis muscles can give you pain in the head/skull, on top of the head – also called vertex pain – and neck pain if they are too tight or contain trigger points.
People that suffer from issues in the splenius muscles often experienced a whiplash trauma or work long hours at the desk.
Still, no matter how nasty the pain might feel right now, relief is possible.
Excessive muscle tension and trigger points can be eliminated via self-massage, by everyone!
On this page I will supply you with all the information you need to work on the splenius muscles yourself.
You will learn about those muscles’ attachment points, their functions, pain zones, overload movements, impaired movements, palpation and massage.
The pictures below display the pain zones of these two muscles. The deeper the red, the more likely it is to experience pain the respective area if trigger points are present in the muscle.
If the splenius capitis is overly tight or harbors trigger points, it can send pain to the top your head, which is also called vertex pain (X1).
The splenius cervicis on the other hand can be responsible for pain in your skull (X3), your eye and at the side of your neck (X2). Furthermore, it can be the cause for a blurred vision.
Too much tension and/or trigger points in the splenius muscles can give you pain when bending your neck backwards or forwards.
Furthermore, you might experience a stiff neck and limited as well as painful neck rotation.