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Trigger Point Patterns – Headaches – Cervicogenic

Cervicogenic Headaches are headaches that originate from the neck. People often say that they have a headache that really seems to be a neckache that goes into the head. Also, people have headaches and neck tension that they do not associate with each other.

Many sites and texts do not reference the trigger point patterns of cervicogenic headaches. Instead, they offer other explanations for the patterns associated with these trigger points. Nonetheless, releasing these trigger points in the neck consistently relieves these headaches, with infrequent exceptions.

Some cervicogenic headaches are not related to trigger point patterns. In fact, one of the patterns I explore in these posts comes from the entrapment of the nerve that feeds that back of the head. In that case, however, releasing the trigger point of the entrapping muscle consistently relieves the burning and tingling in the back of the head. There are other pathologies in the neck that produce headaches.

About Trigger Point Posts…

Trigger Point Posts have common sections to make them easy to follow and understand:

  • How People Describe this Pain Pattern
  • How You Activate and Intensify This Pattern
  • The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind You Pain
  • Getting Relief on Your Own
  • Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

In some cases, there will also be a section with a link to a Very Similar Pain, Different Muscle.


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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points, and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.

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