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Self-Care – Headache Beside Crown with Eye pain

This post contains self-care strategies for the headache beside the crown that creates tired, achy eyes. If you’d like to read more about how people describe this pain and the activities that aggravate it, read this other post.

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.

Old Habits That Aggravate This

Especially, be aware of activities that would not normally bother you but do when this trigger point is active. A couple of the most common is pressure from the tip of the stem of glasses or laying on a firm arm of a couch.

For Temporary Relief:

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Warmth, Heat, Massage

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.

Be gentle

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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Yoga Corner

Twisted Monkey from Wodstar.com

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.

Very Similar Pain Pattern, Different Muscle

Other trigger point patterns
have similar areas of referral and impaired activities.

This post explores a similar trigger point pattern. It also creates a headache that focuses pain into the back of the eye. It comes with more neck tension and sharper eye pain.

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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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