Pain Trp X1, X2 & X3
The splenius capitis and cervicis can trigger pain in the head/skull, on top of the head – also called vertex pain – and neck pain if they contain active trigger points.
People that suffer often experienced a whiplash trauma or work long hours at the desk.
Still, it does not matter how bad the pain be right now, relief is possible.
Excessive muscle tension and trigger points can be eliminated with a 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 the two muscles. The deeper the red, the more likely it is to experience pain the respective area if trigger points are active in the muscle.
If the splenius capitis is overly tight or harbors trigger points, it can refer pain to the top the head, which is also called vertex pain (X1).
The splenius cervicis on the other hand can be responsible for pain in the 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 cause pain when bending the neck backward or forward.
Furthermore, you might experience a stiff neck and limited as well as painful neck rotation.