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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 – Semispinalis cervicis

This is almost always relieved when atlas is mobilized. That can be done with a number of techniques including cranial, intra-oral and anterior cervical NMT. Anatomy Review. This protocol loosens the suboccipital region, which, as a rule of thumb, is the first step in treating around the cervical spine. This pain pattern is often used …

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Self Care – Headache at the base of your head

Self-care is focused on stretching and avoiding compression of the neck just under the skull. The trigger point will release and the headache/tension is relieved when the upper and mid cervicals are able to move without binding restrictions. Avoid postures where you jut your chin forward and compress the top of the neck. This is …

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Semispinalis Capitis – Functional Anatomy

The Functional anatomy of semispinalis capitis is significant when it comes to upper cervical pain. It attaches to the occiput and then usually skips the first three cervical vertebrae. After that, it has variable attachments to the vertebrae from C4 through T7. Greater Occipital Nerve Involvement The greater occipital nerve is structurally vulnerable to the …

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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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