Self Care – Pain, burning and tingling in the back of the head

Avoid Activities the aggravate the condition:

Most people are concerned about getting a neck ache from washing their hair at the salon. It is, however, one of the things that create burning and tingling in the back of the head.

Other activities that aggravate this also involve tilting the head back or cold surfaces on the back of the neck like laying on the arm of the couch, watching a screen high and to the side of your restaurant table or sitting in the front row at the theater.

For temporary relief:

Don’t use heat.
Even if you prefer heat.
It can really aggravate this condition.

This pillow with the built-in ice pack from Amazon can offer relief. I own one. I’ve used it for this. Make sure you cover the upper half of the neck with the ice pack. It is great when you are seated but it’s better to use these standard cloth-covered ice packs if you like to lay on the ice. One of those is included with the pillow if you want both options.

Even though the pain, burning, and tingling are in the back of your head, One of these patches on the back of your neck can release the muscle that entraps the nerve. Give it about 15 minutes, until you can really feel the patch. Gently going through the stretches in The Box can offer more relief. These patches are available and most drug and grocery stores and here on Amazon.

Do this for a few days in a row for longer-lasting relief:

This stretching protocol can be very effective. Focus on the back of your neck when you do the top and the front of your neck when you do the bottom. There is a spot just below the midpoint of your neck that has to release to deactivate this trigger point. IT might click and that’s a good thing.

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at the right Self-Care post?

Here is the associated post that discusses the pain patterns, impaired activities and activities that generally cause this pattern. You may also want to look at other patterns for the back of the head.

This usually involves some displaced joints in the upper cervicals. Lasting relief may involve some therapeutic treatment. See your trigger point specialist for a proper assessment and lasting relief.


This site is undergoing changes. Starting in early 2020, we began changing the format of the posts to include more extensive self-care, illustrations, therapist notes, anatomy, and protocols. We’d love your feedback. We are adding posts and converting the old posts as quickly as time permits.


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