– Activities to avoid and change,
– Strategies for quick relief,
– Stretching for longer-lasting relief,
– Corrective Exercises, Yoga, and more…
Here, you’ll find strategies for getting relief on your own from pain at the base and irritation in the ear. If you’d like to read more about how people describe the pattern and what they do to activate it, look at this other post.
Pain in the base of the head and with earache is a referral from a muscle is deep in the upper neck. It’s behind the soft palate and can be difficult to release on your own. In most cases, these strategies can be effective, especially when used over several days.
Activities To Avoid or Change:
Quit craning your neck while twisting your head so much. Fix the ergonomics at your desk or where you watch TV. You can alternate activities that look upward, like bird watching, with flower planting. Take that selfie with your other hand once in a while. Use the stretches below afterward if you can’t avoid being so outdoorsy, productive, and cute. For the more sedentary lifestyle, change hands when you’re reading a book. Change ends of the couch when you’re watching TV.
Support for Sitting Up
Here’s a post with a couple of different approaches to sitting at your desk without creating pain. It offers a couple of strategies to get comfortable at a desk. Some people prefer to be more active; others prefer more support. It also provides some ideas for accessories, like affordable stand-up desks and footrests.
For Temporary Relief:
Place one of the small Salonpas patches right where I’ve indicated in the picture. The top edge should go against that bump near the base of the back of your head. They’re available at every drugstore and even cheaper on Amazon.
The patch will loosen the whole area so that all of the muscles work become better balanced. Gentle tilting and turning your head from side to side loosen the joints so that the muscles relax.
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:
I’ve added a little extra TMJ work for this self-care post. It is usually helpful in resolving this problem, especially when there is aggravation in the ear or throat.
Ice-and-Stretch your TMJ.
Here’s a simple post for stretching your
TMJ. It only takes a few minutes and can make a huge difference in head, neck and jaw pain. Used daily, it can help with long term changes.
Your trigger point therapist can help you with this headache and earache. Some of them can also release the palatini muscles in the throat that help the ears tubes to drain. I’ve helped a lot of children with earaches by working that area in the back of the neck and cleared their Eustachian tubes.
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Avoid those headstands in yoga class. Even after eliminating pain and stabilizing the area, headstands can reactivate the patterns. I’ve looked at a number of Atlantoaxial structures in cadavers and on x-rays. Those bones remodel as we age. This change in shape modifies the slope of the joints. Some people are just not built to do headstands, even when they are young. If you have pain at the base of the head with an irritated ear, stop doing them or use a stool until you get that neck stabilized.
Very Similar Pain Pattern, Different Muscle
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*This site is undergoing major changes. We are reformatting and expanding the posts to make them easier to read. The result will also be more accessible and will include more patterns with better self-care. In the meanwhile, there may be inconsistencies in formatting, content presentation, and readability. Until we get older posts updated, please excuse our mess.