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Self Care – Pain In The Base Of The Head With Earache

This muscle is deep in the upper neck, behind the soft palate and can be difficult to resolve on your own but these strategies can be effective in most cases. Avoid these activities: Quit craning your neck while twisting your head so much. Fix the ergonomics at your desk or where you watch TV. Alternate …

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Trigger Points – Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

People complain about this spot in their neck being tender when they touch it while turning their head. I have to admit, I find it interesting that they don’t really complain about pain there but that it is tender to touch. They usually don’t complain about the headache at first but, almost always, they tell …

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Self Care – Headache and Tender at Top of Neck when Turning Head

Avoid these activities: Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. If you’re a yoga practitioner, you should avoid headstands until you get these headaches under control. I’ve had a number of clients that have reactivated this headache with headstands. For quick relief: This problem often …

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Therapist Notes – Anterior Suboccipital Muscles

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 trigger point is more chronic and requires direct work on the muscle, more advanced intra-oral or anterior throat techniques are needed. Muscle Energy Techniques and Strain-counter-strain …

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NMT Protocols – Sub-Occipitals Supine

This protocol treats the sub-occipital region, loosening the atlantooccipital and atlantoaxial regions, often in preparation for other work. Gentle traction of the head superiorly and a little anteriorly can be helpful. About 90 seconds offers a general release but many practitioners hold this for several minutes for a more complete release. Mobilizing the atlas with …

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Therapy Notes – Suboccipital Muscles

This is probably the single most important area to treat. Entire bodywork practices are built on treating the upper cervical region because it impacts the entire body. It changes pelvic balance, digestion, polyvagal regulation, Forward-Head Posture and much more.  Sub-occipitals strap the head on to the first 2 vertebrae. They have a direct bearing on and …

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Self Care – Headache All Over Or In A Band Around The Head

Activities to Avoid or Change Avoid the activities that aggravate this like jutting your chin forward to look at the computer screen, bobbing your head up and down as when discussing the expensive wine list or craning your head up to paint the crown molding. If you watch videos of people painting crown molding, You’ll …

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Understanding Trigger Points – Pain In The Base Of The Head With Earache

People with this headache come in and complain of the ache in the back of the head.  There are several trigger points that create pain in this area. As part of connecting the problem to the muscle with NMT assessment, I ask to be specific about where the real target is located and to understand the …

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