Neck and Shoulder Pain: The Levator Scapulae Muscle

Whitfield Reeves

The levator scapulae muscle frequently contributes to neck and shoulder pain, yet is often overlooked by acupuncturists. A jingluo (channel) approach to pain often leads to treatment of the para-spinal muscles along the Bladder channel and the taut bands of the upper trapezius along the Gall Bladder channel. However, a small portion of the Small Intestine channel lies on the levator scapulae muscle in the region of Jianwaishu SI-14 and Jianzhongshu SI-15. Stagnation in this area is often missed by practitioners due to general pain and spasm of the neck and shoulder region. This article summarises the diagnosis and assessment of levator scapulae dysfunction so that this common site of stagnation may be effectively treated.

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