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Headache Spot Just Above The Temple

Trigger point pain post includes

  • how people describe this problem
  • activities that create or aggravate the trigger point
  • links to relief through self-care, anatomy, and massage notes

How People Describe This Pain Pattern

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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 often with the headache at the back of your head. This one compares most closely to the headache in the temple but notice that it is higher and without the neck and eye tension.

Most often, clients say that they got it from “sleeping wrong.” They’ll complain about a click or pop in the top of their neck that started the headache. I’ve had that happen to me while reading in bed before sleep. I’ll get a little click with a light headache and then wake with a dull headache in the morning.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Most often, clients say that they got it from “sleeping wrong.” They’ll complain about a click or pop in the top of their neck that started the headache. I’ve had that happen to me while reading in bed before sleep. I’ll get a little click with a light headache and then wake with a dull headache in the morning.

At times, they can pinpoint laying on their back with the base of their head laying on a hard surface before the headache started. This can start the headache pattern, especially if the surface was cold and the muscle was chilled, compressed and twisted while laying there.

This is also a problem. There are several muscles that get aggravated by jutting the chin forward and resting it on your hand. You’ll see it in several posts. It is worse when you use your hand to support the weight of your head. That really wedges the top vertebra out of place.


The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

About these Illustrations…

This muscle is part of intrinsic back muscles that stabilize the vertebrae and cranium. Read more about it in this post n semispinalis capitis.

Getting Relief on Your Own

Clinically Proven
Self-Care Strategies

This post has strategies for getting relief on your own. Explore how to change your activities, stretch and other strategies that relieve the pain associated with this trigger point.

Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

Better Bodywork
Through Shared Expertise

This post has techniques, tips, treatment routines, and anatomy illustrations to improve the bodyworker’s approach.

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