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Therapist Notes – Headache Beside Crown with Eye pain

The occiptalis portion of the epicranius is most directly governed by the sutures around asterion. It has significant variances in surface area and thickness. This can be tricky to pinpoint if you’re not experienced at trigger point assessment. When this headache is a satellite off of the neck muscle, semispinalis, it looks a lot like the headache …

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Self-Care – Headache Beside Crown with Eye pain

Avoid wearing hats that are too tight across the back of your head. Joe Torre chooses to wear it above occipitalis muscle instead of wearing it loosely. 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 …

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Therapist Notes – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid muscle is complex in its structure, function, and impact on regulation. In earlier editions of her manual, Travell refers to it as “Amazingly Complex.” Treatment starts with an understanding of the anatomy. Review the Anatomy. Forward-Head Posture. Habitual craning of the neck without exercise to counter the activity can lead to shortening of …

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Self Care – Pain In The Base Of The Head With Earache

This muscle is deep in the upper neck, behind the soft palate and can be difficult to resolve on your own but these strategies can be effective in most cases. Quit craning your neck while twisting your head so much. Fix the ergonomics at your desk or where you watch TV. Alternate bird watching with …

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Therapist Notes – Neck-ache, headache, eye-ache

This trigger point comes from the splenius cervicis muscle. The trigger point is actually near the attachment at C3. The lower cervicals should be mobilized before attempting to release the tendons in the pocket between the upper trapezius and the upper ribs. They can also be released with NMT protocol for anterior cervical work or …

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Self Care – Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

Texting while bending the neck instead of looking down with the eyes can cause this pain-in-the-neck that is a headache. So, in this picture, he is the pain in the neck, a headache, and an eyesore. Avoid this sharp bend at the base of the neck instead of using his eyes to look down. It …

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Self Care – Headache and Tender at Top of Neck when Turning Head

Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. This problem often responds well to icing and stretching. Try using an Ice Pack It’s simple and often works, especially when you have overstretched by tucking your chin to read. Place an ice pack at the base of …

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Self Care – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Avoid sleeping in awkward positions or, especially under a draft. Chill aggravates this condition more than the awkward position. This muscle is often over-powered by short, strong muscles on the front of the neck. Specifically, the anterior scalene attaches to the front of the 3rd cervical where this trigger point lives. This is one of …

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Therapist Notes – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Mobilize the upper cervical vertebrae. Multifidi trigger points are strongly governed by vertebral mobility. Even though this trigger point is in the multifidi near C3, it is difficult to get a more complete release and lasting relief without first mobilizing the atlas and axis. This post has few different techniques for mobilizing the atlas. This …

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