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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 heads. 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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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus 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. It is easy to feel the tender knot on the backside about halfway down the neck. …

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More than surviving.

Annie (her alias) is a Texan grandmother in her late 60s. She started working with me years ago. She has some real problems with degenerative discs in her neck. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked on her, literally, from head to toe. Last winter, she came to me with troubling news. They had found …

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Shoulder pain when sleeping on your side

People complain of pain that disturbs their sleep when lying on the painful shoulder or on the opposite shoulder. It is a deeper pain than the illustration suggests. They have spent most of their time sleeping on that shoulder with that hand in front of them. It usually comes on gradually over months and eventually gets …

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Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

People complain about pain in the upper neck that makes them irritable. The pain that extends down toward the shoulder is often described as tension. They describe things that aggravate it but seldom are able to describe the incident that created the injury. There are other trigger points that produce pain in that area, so I …

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Neck Pain with Sore Shoulder

People often complain of pain in the upper neck with a sore shoulder. They are usually focused on the pain at the top of their neck. The soreness of on top of the shoulder is usually secondary to the neck pain but can be strong. They will often rub it and say that it is tender when …

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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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Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

People complain of a headache behind the eye.  When the headache pattern is severe, they trace their hand along the side of their head from the back of their neck across their ear focusing their fingertips on their eye.   There are several headache patterns in the eye, so I always ask for as many …

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Headache at the base of your head

This pattern creates a strong band of tension along the base of the head that comes up over the back of the head. It comes from the semispinalis cervicis muscle. When it is only active on one side the pain is focused at the base of the head and creates tension that mostly radiates up …

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