This trigger point comes from the splenius cervicis muscle. The trigger point is actually near the attachment at C3.
The lower cervicals should be mobilized before attempting to release the tendons in the pocket between the upper trapezius and the upper ribs. They can also be released with NMT protocol for anterior cervical work or stretches #6, #7 and #8 from The Box.
This is all about getting the middle and lower cervical vertebrae balanced. That is best done by starting with the atlas. In this case, the atlas is usually displaced anteriorly. Start by evaluating and mobilizing the atlas.
This trigger point is governed by proprioceptive input from the third cervical. The muscle is innervated by the lower cervical. Evaluate the cervical vertebrae. Using static mobilizations or strain-counterstain resolve cervical displacements. Trigger points in the multfidi usually give this away.
The inferior glides of the cervical lamina routine can be extended into the upper thoracics to help release this muscle.
Usually, the splenius cervicis trigger point near C2 is released. IF not, this routine targets the tendons but can be rough on the thumb and painful for clients without the pre-release of the rib heads and anterior cervicals. This protocol requires a little deeper penetration for the splenius cervicis.
Here’s a section from Neuromuscular AssessmentNMA-splenius-cervicis
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