Scalene Muscle Locations and Trigger Points


The scalene muscles are actually three muscles found in the side of the neck.  Blood vessels supplying the arm actually pass between these muscles.  Trigger Points in these muscles can be very problematic, and cause a wide variety of symptoms.


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Scalenes Referred Pain Patterns
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is caused by compression of these blood vessels.  Common symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, swelling, and weakness  of the arms and hands.  These symptoms are often incorrectly assumed to be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as the symptoms are similar.  In addition, Trigger Points here can cause chest pain similar to angina, as well as upper back pain.

If you’ve had difficulty finding relief from these symptoms, addressing the problematic Scalene muscles could provide better results.  Remember, the pain location is not always the same location as the source of pain. 
Scalene Stretch

Stand, holding hand behind back.
Lower left shoulder, then tilt your head to the right.  Slowly roll head backwards until a stretch is felt.
Hold for 10-15 seconds.
Repeat for other side.
Repeat cycle three times, at least three times daily.

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