Do You Feel Pain Here?
Does this pain pattern look too familiar? This is a very common pain that my patients come in with. This pain pattern can come from any number of perpetuating factors (things that make that muscle tight). For example, how many times have you seen someone walking around with their phone up to the ear with their shoulder? Imagine if you do that at a desk job all day long what your neck and head will feel like. Ladies typically carry a purse on a single shoulder. To keep the purse from falling down, they will lift up that shoulder which again shortens the muscle that refers to this particular pain pattern. With the smart phones that we have now, more people are sitting forward with their heads bent down looking at the phone. These different postures can cause this pain pattern that you see.
The job of a Trigger point therapist is to help you realize what you've been doing to accommodate this pain, as well as help you eliminate the “why” of your pain. For the most part, everybody unknowingly does things to themselves that can perpetuate their pain, and they're not even aware of it. I slept with my arms over my head and that gave me headaches. Now, I don't sleep like that and I don't get headaches anymore. If you've ever woken up with a stiff neck, this is the pain pattern (stiff neck pain) that you most likely experienced.
Once you know what the right way to sleep looks like, you can avoid this issue from happening again. Trigger points are tight irritable spots in a muscle that can refer pain in the body. Once the “why” of your pain is found and tight muscles are released, the pain should start to subside. As those tightened muscles are stretched out, you will notice a big difference in how you feel. Find yourself a trigger point therapist to help you find the “why” of your pain and get rid of it.