Stiff 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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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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Self Care – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Avoid sleeping in awkward positions or, especially under a draft. Chill aggravates this condition more than the awkward position. This muscle is often over-powered by short, strong muscles on the front of the neck. Specifically, the anterior scalene attaches to the front of the 3rd cervical where this trigger point lives. This is one of …

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Therapist Notes – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Mobilize the upper cervical vertebrae. Multifidi trigger points are strongly governed by vertebral mobility. Even though this trigger point is in the multifidi near C3, it is difficult to get a more complete release and lasting relief without first mobilizing the atlas and axis. This post has few different techniques for mobilizing the atlas. This …

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Self Care – Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

Once the trigger point is activated, there are a number of known activities that keep it aggravated. A backpack, ill-fitted bra straps, a tight coat or shoulder bag will press into this area and are known irritants and create additional microtrauma. Using a cane that is badly fit is cited as a problem. I find …

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