Self Care-Headache

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:

hair washing from asch.org

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.


I’d love your feedback on how this works for you
and any suggestions you might have.
Email me at integrativeworks@gmail.com.

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.

Support Integrative Works to
stay independent
and produce great content.

You can subscribe to our community on Patreon. You will get links to free content and access to exclusive content not seen on this site. In addition, we will be posting anatomy illustrations, treatment notes, and sections from our manuals not found on this site. Thank you so much for being so supportive.


Featured Post

The Integrative Model

This video is a brief overview of the Integrative Bodywork Model. It explores the difference between integrated and integrated approaches. Additionally., it walks through an example.

We want your feedback! We are in the process of creating a format for individual muscles.

Please drop us a note at
integrativeworks@gmail.com.

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.

Question? Comment? Typo?
integrativeworks@gmail.com

*This site is undergoing significant changes. We are reformatting and expanding the posts to make them easier to read. The result will also be more accessible and include more patterns with better self-care. Meanwhile, there may be formatting, content presentation, and readability inconsistencies. Until we get older posts updated, please excuse our mess.

Tony Preston

Tony Preston, LMT has been treating adults and children since the early 90s. He has authored a number of texts on neuromuscular and craniosacral techniques. He has taught Neuromuscular Therapy for ASHA School of Massage and craniosacral the National Institute of Craniosacral Studies. He currently teaches seminars in Integrative Craniosacral techniques at The Body Guild.

Recent Posts

Trapezius – Massage & Bodywork Collection

https://youtu.be/iA0o1GfYQ48 Overview Here, you will find all the posts related to this muscle, including Pain…

6 days ago

Sphenoid Decompression – Craniosacral Technique

Overview Sphenoid Decompression is a staple of craniosacral techniques. It is involved in many protocols…

1 week ago

Stretching the Deep Calf Muscles

Overview Here, you will find a few short steps for stretching the deep compartment of…

1 week ago

Tibialis Posterior- Massage Therapy Notes

Overview Here, you will find massage and bodywork notes for the tibialis posterior. Assessment Inverted…

2 weeks ago

NMT Protocol – Ankle Decompression

This protocol treats the ankle joints through NMT. Pelvic balancing and other approaches are discussed…

2 weeks ago

Neuromuscular Protocol – Posterior Low Leg

This protocol treats the posterior low leg through NMT. Pelvic balancing and other approaches are…

2 weeks ago