Headaches

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: Headache In The Eyebrow

Clenching during weight-lifting or heavy work should be avoided. A mouthguard can be used as a reminder when clenching is not easy to stop voluntarily. If you look at Arnold during his career, he manages to keep his jaw down by using an open mouth screaming motion when working out. Still, you can see, during …

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Therapist Notes – Headache Beside Crown with Eye pain

The occiptalis portion of the epicranius is most directly governed by the sutures around asterion. It has significant variances in surface area and thickness. This can be tricky to pinpoint if you’re not experienced at trigger point assessment. When this headache is a satellite off of the neck muscle, semispinalis, it looks a lot like the headache …

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Self-Care – Headache Beside Crown with Eye pain

Avoid wearing hats that are too tight across the back of your head. Joe Torre chooses to wear it above occipitalis muscle instead of wearing it loosely. Avoid laying your head on the arm of the couch or some other firm surface until you massage this out. Even a pillow can bother this headache and …

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Cervicogenic Headache: Pain Patterns, Causes, and Self-Care

Cervicogenic Headaches are headaches that originate from the neck. People often say that they have a headache that really seems to be a neck-ache that goes into their heads. Also, people have headaches without real awareness of neck pain, even though the headache can be relieved by treating the trigger points in the neck that …

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Forward-Head Posture

These people complain of neck pain, stiffness and headaches that come from their neck. It often creates problems with restricted breathing and pain that radiates into the chest, upper back and arms. Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is a syndrome. That means that it is a collection of symptoms that lead to more specific diagnoses. FHP, defined …

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Self Care – Forward-Head Posture

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is also known as iHunch or iPosture because it is so often created by texting. Keep your hips against the back of the chair while sitting for long periods. The guy on this end of the picture is the worst but it isn’t just that his head is forward. The woman next …

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Self Care – Tuck, Tilt, Turn and Lift – Retraining Your Forward-Head Posture

This is a key exercise for Forward-Head Posture and Thoracic Outlet problems like swollen hands in the morning. It will reveal stiffness and pain that will help you be more specific in understanding and targeting your neck problem with self-care. This series of stretches helps you sleep if you do it before bed. It offers …

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Therapist Notes – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid muscle is complex in its structure, function, and impact on regulation. In earlier editions of her manual, Travell refers to it as “Amazingly Complex.” Treatment starts with an understanding of the anatomy. Review the Anatomy. Forward-Head Posture. Habitual craning of the neck without exercise to counter the activity can lead to shortening of …

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Self Care – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid is complex and produces a lot of different symptoms. This Self-Care post is used for several different posts about specific problems. Managing this muscle has a lot of great benefits from calming your anxiety to headaches around the brow, headache in the forehead or getting rid of a nagging cough. This looks so …

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