Neck

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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Stiff Neck: Pain Patterns, Causes, and Self-Care

These posts are all related to stiffness in the neck. Trigger points that create a stiff neck are often, but not always, connected to Forward-Head Posture or Cervicogenic Headaches. You will a large overlap in these 3 collections. If your neck is very stiff and/or painful, there are usually more than one pattern involved. Most …

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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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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 – Seated Posture

There are a number of posts where I discuss problems created by poor seated posture, so here’s a post about how to sit to avoid creating problems. In this post, I explore 2 different approaches to minimize the pain and discomfort of sitting at a desk. First, actively sitting in a balanced posture and secondly, …

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Self Care – Pain In The Base Of The Head With Earache

This muscle is deep in the upper neck, behind the soft palate and can be difficult to resolve on your own but these strategies can be effective in most cases. Quit craning your neck while twisting your head so much. Fix the ergonomics at your desk or where you watch TV. Alternate bird watching with …

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Self Care – Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

Texting while bending the neck instead of looking down with the eyes can cause this pain-in-the-neck that is a headache. So, in this picture, he is the pain in the neck, a headache, and an eyesore. Avoid this sharp bend at the base of the neck instead of using his eyes to look down. It …

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Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

People complain about this spot in their neck being tender when they touch it while turning their heads. I have to admit; I find it interesting that they don’t really complain about pain there but that it is tender to touch. They usually don’t complain about the headache at first but, almost always, they tell …

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Self Care – Headache and Tender at Top of Neck when Turning Head

Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. This problem often responds well to icing and stretching. Try using an Ice Pack It’s simple and often works, especially when you have overstretched by tucking your chin to read. Place an ice pack at the base of …

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