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Levator Scapulae causing headaches

Levator Scapulae causing headaches

Levator Scapulae causing headaches

The Levator Scapulae is the next muscle in the series of muscles that causes headaches. It is one of the less common muscles. But, still very important in understanding which muscles causing headaches. It may be confused with pain in the Trapezius muscle.

Anatomy of the Levato Scapulae:

The muscle originates on the sides of the transverse process of C1-C4 . After which it then inserts in the medial border of the scapula. It is supplied by the dorsal scapular nerve. Furthermore, the action of this muscle is basically elevation of the scapula and extension and lateral flexion of the neck.

Common Injuries:

When this muscle goes into muscle spasm the muscle can lead to sensory disturbances like numbness in the posterior part of the neck. You normally complain about a stiff neck especially after lifting objects, cradling a phone on one shoulder, and this a common area that people refers to “hold” stress. Whiplash can also affect this muscle.

Pain pattern:

This muscle refers pain into the angle of the neck and the base of the skull. The pain can also go as far down as the posterior part of the shoulder. Because this muscle is attached to the upper cervical spine. When under spasm or when tight it can cause tension on those vertebrae and cause pain.

Referred pain from levator scapulae

How a chiropractor can treat this muscle:

Typically a Chiropractor;will do an array of soft tissue work (muscle work) that includes, massage, myofascial dry needling (wrongly referred as Acupuncture), kinesio taping (RockTape) and even Fascia “release”.

A Chiropractic adjustment will be delivered to the affected neck vertebrae to “reset” the body system and try to get homeostasis.

Home treatment includes:


Ice or Heat therapy – Click here for a blog on Ice therapy, but heat therapy can work just as well

If you suffer from headaches, contact us or make an appointment to see your chiropractor.

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