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Tinnitus and Ear Pain: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer into and around the ear. Clients may associate tinnitus with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain but often fail to mention the feelings of fullness, pain, or irritation to the therapist. These posts cover a number of those symptoms. Remember that people usually feel only a …

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Earache with Jaw tension

People usually complain about earache and some jaw tension. Sometimes they complain about a roaring in the ear or some other form of tinnitus. At times, when the trigger point is most severe, there is sharp pain deep in the ear with a sickly ache in the jaw. Usually, clients don’t complain to their massage therapist about this kind …

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Self Care: Headache In The Eyebrow

Clenching during weight-lifting or heavy work should be avoided. A mouthguard can be used as a reminder when clenching is not easy to stop voluntarily. If you look at Arnold during his career, he manages to keep his jaw down by using an open mouth screaming motion when working out. Still, you can see, during …

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Self Care – Earache with Jaw tension

Avoid vigorous or uneven or unusual jaw activity, like crunching ice, busting popcorn kernels, or chewing on toothpicks. Taffy, excessive gum chewing are also problematic. When this is a result of clenching during sleep, mouth guards are a great temporary solution. In the long term, they should not be needed when the TMJ is properly …

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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 – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid is complex and produces many different symptoms. These self-care exercises work for any of the posts about sternocleidomastoid. Managing this muscle has benefits ranging from calming your anxiety to headaches around the brow, headache in the forehead, or getting rid of a nagging cough. This guy looks so sophisticated and peaceful, and I …

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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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Self Care – Cough less and cough with less pain

When you stop coughing, continue to practice social distancing. Act responsibly in protecting the health of yourself and others. Practically speaking, you can stimulate the skin in a waythat reduces the frequency and pain of coughing. This is based on a neurological principle discovered by English surgeon John Hilton. Loosely stated, hot, cold and pain …

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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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