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Therapist Notes – Semispinalis cervicis

This headache at the base of the head is almost always relieved by mobilizing the atlas. Several techniques, including cranial, intra-oral, and anterior cervical NMT mobilize the atlas. The common mistake is to spend too much time behind the atlas. After loosening the posterior musculature, the atlas needs to move back into a mobile positon. …

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Self Care – Stiffness at the base of the neck

Self-Care for this pain stiff pain at the base of the neck can be quick and effective when the person is active and healthy. During the stretching, this person often gets a shifts in their neck. For the older or less-active person, this requires some relief strategies with more persistent stretching. If this is wincing …

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Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

People complain of a headache behind the eye.  When the headache pattern is severe, they trace their hand along the side of their head from the back of their neck, across their ear, and focus their fingertips on the eye.   There are several headache patterns in the eye, so I always ask for as …

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Headache at the base of your head

This headache pattern creates a strong band of tension along the base of the head that comes up over the back of the head. When it is only active on one side, the pain is focused at the base of the head and creates tension that mostly radiates up the back of the head. When …

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