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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, with lasting results, can be complex and require self-care follow-up. This muscle muscle crosses a number of joints and has complex nerve relationships. Learn more in this post …

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

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. Quit craning your neck while …

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

Trigger points in the splenius cervicis near the third cervical vertebrae create this pattern. Neuromuscular therapy and direct release on the trigger point is more effective when preceeded by upper cervical releases. The tendons in the pocket between the trapezius and upper ribs also release more comfortably and with longer lasting results when the local …

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Self Care – Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

This headache, neck-ache, eye-ache comes from the top end of the splenius cervicis muscle that extends into the upper back. Relief starts with changing activities that over-stretch and weaken the muscle. Longer-lasting relief comes from some basic neck stretches. Long term changes come from a little bit of regular work to correct Forward-Head Posture. Texting …

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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. Also, avoid sleeping with a draft on your neck or with an awkward twist. If you’re traveling, us a pillow like the one below. Try using an Ice Pack. This problem often responds well to icing and stretching. …

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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 pain at the base of the head and under the shoulder blade 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 …

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

Treatment of trigger points that create starts with atlas mobilizations. Once the upper cervical area is mobilized, trigger points in the suboccipital region release more easily and comfortably. Then, follow up with direct treatment along the lamina groove. It is worth noting that this complaint is usually two other patterns. Displacements in the upper cervical …

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