– Activities to avoid and change,
– Strategies for quick relief,
– Stretching for longer-lasting relief,
– Corrective Exercises, Yoga, and more…
WHAT IS IT?
This headache with eye pain pattern features pain near the top of the head. However, the eye pain is the element an experiencer will mostly describe. That is because the eye pain feels more like strain than pressure and is what differentiates this from other headaches.
The occipitalis muscle is the culprit here. This muscle shifts the hairline back, lifting your eyebrows without wrinkling the forehead. This is how you create that intimidating look of reflective disappointment. You might think you have a lot of disappointing conversations in your day and yet it is unlikely that overusing this muscle is causing your headache.
The trigger point is activated most likely through pressure from a too-tight hat. Or, a whack to the back of the head. Or, just as a satellite trigger point of one of the neck trigger points.
Activities To Avoid or Change:
If you would like to experience less of this pain pattern, avoid wearing hats too tightly across the back of your head. Joe Torre chooses to wear it above his occipitalis muscle instead of wearing it loosely.
If you are experiencing this pattern, 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 force people to sleep on one side or the other instead of on their back.
For Temporary Relief:
This usually responds well to warm heat and massage. Just spend a little extra time washing your hair and gently rubbing the tender spot behind your ear. This usually relaxes the trigger point and the spot quits being tender if you’re patient.
If you’re not using warm heat, be extra gentle. Aggressive pressure will just aggravate it.
These self-care activities, like over-the-counter drugs, are not intended to replace appropriate medical attention. If you have concerns about these self-care activities, get help from a professional. Use these suggestions and strategies with discretion and at your own risk. See your doctor when your pain is severe, persistent, or doesn’t respond to these simple suggestions.
Stretches and Exercises for Longer-Lasting Relief:
Unless you’re Jim Carrey, I doubt that you’ll muster any effective stretches for this muscle. Stick with the warm heat and gentle massage.
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This pose lies right on the spot and would produce a headache. It might seem like you got that headache from twisting your neck into this pose or circulation problems, but it probably got bumped or pressed, and this pose is just aggravating it.
Block poses that hit this spot will be really aggravating; fortunately, most of them involve laying with your head straight up.
Other patterns that may better match your pain pattern…
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This post is about the watershed moment that changed the direction of my bodywork. People would say that it is about treating at the source. I’d say that it is about understanding the governors and accessories in a pattern. This gives the therapist and client choices on how to plan on treating for relief or treating to create a body that is self-correcting.
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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