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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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Upper Trapezius – Massage Therapy Notes

The upper trapezius acts more like an extra head of sternocleidomastoid than other extrinsic back muscles. It is often part of a larger problem with high-tight shoulders. Integrative Neuromuscular Massage involves addressing the other elevators of the shoulder girdle, especially the serratus anterior. Many therapists don’t treat these areas because it is inconvenient, awkward, and …

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

Here, you’ll find strategies for getting from pain, itching, and burning on the back of your head. If you’d like to read more about how people describe the pain and what aggravates the condition, look at this other post. Some people are concerned about getting a neck ache from washing their hair at the salon. …

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Semispinalis Capitis – Massage Therapy Notes

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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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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus on pain and tension at the base of their head. When I press for more detail, they may tell me about the tension in their neck and under the shoulder. …

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Splenius Cervicis – Functional Anatomy

This is a broad, flat muscle that wraps around the lateral neck. It anchors in the upper thoracic vertebrae and inserts on the upper cervical vertebrae. This makes it a “jack of all trades, master of none,” as it assists in extension, rotation, side-bending, and strapping things down. Origin spinous processes of T3-T6 Insertion anterior …

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Splenius Capitis – Functional Anatomy

Overview Splenius capitis is a broad, flat sheet that originates along the mid-line of the neck’s base. It wraps the lateral muscles and inserts onto the lateral base of the skull. Its relationship with the splenius cervicis complicates the anatomy. Origin midline fascia over the ligamentum nuchae from C3 – C7 the spinous processes of …

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Self Care – Headache on the Top of Your Head

Here you will find ways to get relief on your own for the headache on the top of your head. You can also read more about how people describe this pain and the activities that typically create it in this post. Avoid sustained postures with your chin jutting forward, especially while twisting it from one side, …

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