trigger points

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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Therapy Notes – Masseter

Atlas mobilizations change the balance of the TMJ mechanism. Evaluate and balance the atlantooccipital region before continuing on to direct TMJ treatment. Treatment of the Masseter External masseter work is often enough to release the pain patterns and provide lasting relief, especially after it follows Functional Integration through craniostructural work. Even without craniostrucural work, this …

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Self Care – Pain Along One Side of the Sacrum

Avoid the teetering exercises listed in the post on this trigger point. This includes things like vacuuming, sweeping, raking, working on a low counter, or doing dishes. Also, avoid exercises where you bend forward like moving boxes or picking up grandkids. By the way, even if you don’t bend way over like this guy, the …

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Self-Care – Headache Beside Crown with Eye pain

Avoid wearing hats that are too tight across the back of your head. Joe Torre chooses to wear it above occipitalis muscle instead of wearing it loosely. Avoid laying your head on the arm of the couch or some other firm surface until you massage this out. Even a pillow can bother this headache and …

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Pain in the Sacrum or Crest of the Hip When Sleeping on Side

These people reach back and put their hands on the center of their hips, just below the belt line and say. “It hurts right here.” They go through explanations of wanting to sleep on that side but wake with aching pain in the middle of their hips. They often explain that they have tried sleeping …

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Pain Along Side of Thigh, Sometimes to Front of Ankle

These people complain of Pain along the side of the thigh, often down to the knee. I’ll ask if it extends down to the ankle and they usually say that it does. When I ask if it refers to the behind the ankle or in front, they say that it goes in front of the …

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Therapist Notes – Neck-ache, headache, eye-ache

This trigger point comes from the splenius cervicis muscle. The trigger point is actually near the attachment at C3. The lower cervicals should be mobilized before attempting to release the tendons in the pocket between the upper trapezius and the upper ribs. They can also be released with NMT protocol for anterior cervical work or …

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