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People complain about a tender spot at the top of the neck while turning their heads. I have to admit, I find it interesting that they don’t complain about pain during an activity or in general. They usually complain that it is tender to touch. When I press them, about what touches that spot, or when they noticed that it was sore to the touch, they don’t know.
They usually don’t complain about the headache at first. However, almost always, when I ask them, they tell me that they have one. Sometimes, the person will complain that it gets worse when they turn their head so that their nose moves away from the tender spot. They may also complain about it being intense on the same side as the neck tenderness. In those cases, I ask them to describe the headache in more detail.
When you feel around in the area that is tender at the top of the neck, it usually feels fuller, stiffer, and more sensitive than the other side. This is much more common on the right and restricts turning the head to the left.
This trigger point is often activated by turning and tilting the head suddenly or for a long time. This might happen if you fall asleep with your neck across the arm of the couch. People often say that they “just slept funny” and woke up with a stiff neck. A friend ended up in this pain after a long ride in a crowded car. I’ll also hear people complain about it after sleeping in a strange bed.
This pattern also becomes apparent sometimes after working through other trigger point patterns created by whiplash.
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