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Headache Spot Just Above The Temple

People complain of pain in their temple(s) but touch the spot just above the temple. It takes a little investigative work to nail the right trigger point. At times this occurs by itself. Often, this headache pain occurs with other pain patterns. It can be hard to single out without specific questions. It occurs most …

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

Some people are concerned about getting a neck ache from washing their hair at the salon. It is more likely to create cervicogenic headache. The cold bowl on the crook of the neck can activate this trigger point to create pain, burning, and tingling in the back of the head. The sustained cold with bumping …

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Therapist Notes – Semispinalis Capitis

The semispinalis capitis, originates from the vertebrae of the upper back and lower neck and attaches to the back of the head, trapping the upper cervical vertebrae in between. This trigger point creates a headache above the temple. Even though the sensation is in the head, this trigger point is located between the nuchal lines. …

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Self Care – Headache Spot Just Above The Temple

You can get relief from this headache spot above the temple by changing activities that aggravate it. Avoid the activities that press into the base of the head and top of the neck, especially with subtle twisting and laying on a cold surface. This picture is an ideal scenario for creating this headache. However, headache …

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Therapist Notes – Splenius Capitis

Neuromusuclar massage and integrative treatment notes with links to anatomy and protocols. Splenius capitis originates from the lower cervicals and upper thoracics. It straps around the neck musculature and inserts on the occipital and temporal bones. That puts it in a perfect position to assist the contralateral sternocleidomastoid in rotating the head. The splenii muscles also …

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Therapist Notes – Anterior Suboccipital Muscles

Need to review some anatomy? This post has the basics of suboccipital muscles and a link to the Wikipedia entry if you need more info. The actual treatment of the rectus capitis anterior can be done more easily by mobilizing the atlas from the transverse process and following up with ice and stretch. If the …

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Therapy Notes – Suboccipital Muscles

Treatment of the suboccipital region is probably the single most important area to treat. Upper cervical treatment is the focus of many bodywork practices. It has been a strong focus of practice for chiropractors for more than 70 years. In the early 40s, John Grostic pioneered atlas analysis and treatment. Since then, a multitude of …

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Pain, burning and tingling in the back of the head

When the trigger point severely restricts the muscle, people complain of burning, tingling, and “that numb feeling” on the back of the head. They are often concerned because the pain is tingling and can feel prickly along the back of their head. They may say that it bothers them less now but will bother them …

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Pain In The Base Of The Head With Earache

How People Describe This Headache at the Base of the Head with Earache People with this referral pattern and complain of headache and pain at the base of the head. Several trigger points create pain in this area. Trigger point assessment does a great job of connecting the problem to the muscle with NMT assessment. I …

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Headache All Over Or In A Band Around The Head

When this headache is very active, people wave their hands around their head and say that they have a headache all over.  Sometimes, when I ask, the details tell me that it is not this headache, and they are just overwhelmed by some other headache pain. When it is particularly bad, people refer to this …

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