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Upper Back and Neck

One of the most common trigger points *happens in our upper back/neck area. If you want to be fancy, they are called musculus trapezius. This painful area is one of the most common causes of headaches as well. To release this pressure point, sit in a chair, and have someone gently press on our upper shoulder, close to the base of your neck.

If you are getting pain down the side of your leg, you might need a deep tissue massage alongside your gluteus minimus. Scientifically this is referred to as the side of your butt ;). To release it:

  1. Lie on the side that hurts and rest on your elbow.
  2. Get a small ball. A tennis ball works perfectly.
  3. Put that ball under your upper glutes – propping yourself up on the ball.
  4. Hold the ball in place for about 20 seconds.
  5. Roll yourself over the ball, moving down 1/2 inch at a time.
  6. Stop when you get to your thigh.

Hopefully, this exercise helps.  Here are some great videos from knowledgeable experts that are helpful if you’re trying to visualize the exercise.  There are also a couple of different exercises and stretches in these links so that you can try a few different ones if the exercise above doesn’t work for you.