Cranial related posts

Earache with Jaw tension

People usually complain about earache and some jaw tension. Sometimes they complain about a roaring in the ear or some other form of tinnitus. At times, when the trigger point is most severe, there is sharp pain deep in the ear with a sickly ache in the jaw. Usually, clients don’t complain to their massage therapist about this kind …

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Self Care – Earache with Jaw tension

Avoid vigorous or uneven or unusual jaw activity, like crunching ice, busting popcorn kernels, or chewing on toothpicks. Taffy, excessive gum chewing are also problematic. When this is a result of clenching during sleep, mouth guards are a great temporary solution. In the long term, they should not be needed when the TMJ is properly …

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Therapy Notes – Masseter

Atlas mobilizations change the balance of the TMJ mechanism. Evaluate and balance the atlantooccipital region before continuing on to direct TMJ treatment. Treatment of the Masseter External masseter work is often enough to release the pain patterns and provide lasting relief, especially after it follows Functional Integration through craniostructural work. Even without craniostrucural work, this …

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Functional Anatomy – Occipitalis

Occipitalis is part of a larger structure called the epicranius or occipitofrontalis muscle. The epicranius consists of the frontalis muscle and the occipitalis muscle which are joined by a fascial structure called the galea aponeurotica. The Occipitalis located on the posterolateral cranium. It has notable variations in area and thickness from person to person. Inferiorly, …

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More than surviving.

Annie (her alias) is a Texan grandmother in her late 60s. She started working with me years ago. She has some real problems with degenerative discs in her neck. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked on her, literally, from head to toe. Last winter, she came to me with troubling news. They had found …

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Headache in forehead from pressure or impact

This headache pattern is most commonly caused by sternocleidomastoid. If you have a headache above the eyebrow, check the post on that pattern as well. Client Description People touch their forehead just above the eyebrow and complain of headache there. They may also complain that they get a headache there when wearing a hat that presses into …

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