Trigger points in the neck can cause dizziness and lightheadedness that many people with fibromyalgia do. These trigger points can distort your perception and sense of balance, causing you to fall over things or trip and trip over things. Many symptoms affecting the head and neck, ears, eyes, nose and throat can be due to trigger points in the neck. In this post, I’ll explain: where are these trigger points, what symptoms cause, and how to self-treat them.
What are the trigger points?
Simply put, a trigger point is a knot that forms in muscle and sends pain to other areas of the body. The activation points cause the muscle to tighten and shorten. When muscles shorten, they cannot go through the full range of motion, altering the way they move, sit, or stand. This leads to strength and flexibility issues, creating more activation points.
Research suggests that fibromyalgia pain is primarily due to myofascial trigger points. Therefore, treating trigger points will help control the pain associated with fibromyalgia.
Trigger points in the neck that cause dizziness
Trigger points in the neck that can cause dizziness in the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles. The SCM is a large muscle along both sides of the neck. It is made up of two interconnected muscle bands. These muscle bands start from the mastoid bone behind the ear. One band connects to the breastbone (breastbone) and the other connects to the collarbone (collarbone). The sternal band is at the top of the collarbone band.
The main functions of the SCM muscles are to turn the head from side to side and lower the head downward. The sternocleidomastoid also helps maintain a stable head position during other body movements. Any position where the neck is held in an awkward position can create trigger points.
Another function of the SCM muscle is to elevate the breastbone when you inhale. The muscle can be overloaded if it breathes with the chest, rather than with the diaphragm. SCM also helps with chewing and swallowing.
Symptoms of sternocleidomastoid trigger points
The effects of sternocleidomastoid trigger points can be surprisingly widespread. Symptoms created by SCM trigger points include:
- dizziness, vertigo and imbalance
- blurred vision, double vision, excessive tearing, redness of the eyes, drooping eyelid and eye twitching
- hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing, buzzing or ringing in the ears)
- migraine, sinus headache
- sinus congestion or sinus drainage
- chronic cough, sore throat
- stiff neck
- cold sweat on her forehead
- continuous hay fever or cold symptoms
- difficulty swallowing
What Are the Causes of Sternocleidomastoid Trigger Points?
Activation points can be created by postures that keep the SCM contracted to keep the head in position, for example, when looking at a computer screen or while driving. Keeping your head turned to the side or keeping your head back for long periods of time is sure to cause problems. Breathing from the chest instead of the belly can also overload the SCM muscle.
Here is a list of activities that can create SCM trigger points:
- General activities
- Keep your head turned to one side
- Forward head posture
- Holding the phone with your shoulder
- Sleeping stomach
- Heavy lifting
- Falls and whips
- Short leg or scoliosis or awkward posture
- Stress and muscle tension
- Chronic cough or asthma
- Breast breathing
Triggering of the Sternocleidomastoid Trigger Point
SCM trigger points are easy to deal with on their own. The SCM muscle group can contain seven trigger points. The sternal division usually has 3-4 trigger points spaced along its length, while the clavicle division has 2-3 trigger points.
NEVER massage a pulse . If you pinch the sternocleidomastoid, instead of pressing it against the side of the neck, it will stay away from the arteries.
Follow these steps to release the SCM trigger points:
- As you look in a mirror, turn your head to the side. You will see the sternal branch.
- Grasp the muscle with your thumb and curved C-shaped fingers and turn your head back to look in the mirror.
- Keeping your face forward, tilt your head slightly down and to the same side you are massaging.
- Press down hard enough to feel comfortable and try to distinguish between the two branches. Each branch is almost as big as your index finger. If you pay close attention, you should be able to feel them separately.
- Milk the muscle with short repeated movements up and down, start in the middle and work your way to the back of the ear, then to the collarbone.
- If you find a stain that hurts, gently pinch the trigger point. Reduce the pressure until you feel no pain. Once you are below the pain threshold, slowly increase the pressure for 60-90 seconds.
Do this on both sides, once or twice a day. Be simple at first and work at a level of pressure that makes you feel good.