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Mostly, people complain of pain behind the ear. Often, they complain about “ear pain.” Then, when asked to touch the pain, they get more specific. Sometimes, they refer to as an earache.
I ask if any sensations refer up, down, or anywhere else. So, this helps to differentiate it from other patterns that refer to the ear. Occasionally, they complain of tension in the neck or pain behind the eye. They describe the stiffness in the neck as a band of tightness that extends from behind the ear along the side of the neck.
It’s worth noting that this pattern is unusual and you should look at other patterns that create pain around the ear.
This is a classic case of aggravating the muscles and joints with an awkward, sustained position. These people complain of having “slept wrong” or “worked on a document too long.”
Of course, occasionally this comes from an accident or fall. Almost always, their neck is twisted when they get bumped.
This post has strategies for getting relief on your own. Explore how to change your activities, stretch, ice, and more to relieve the pain associated with this trigger point.
This post has techniques, tips, treatment routines, and anatomy illustrations to improve the bodyworker’s approach.
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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.
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