Trigger Points – Headache Spot Just Above The Temple

Client’s Description

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.

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.


Get relief with Self Care.

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.


Better Bodywork Through Shared Expertise.

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

Does another Self-Care post
better match your pain?

Here is the post about the trigger point pattern associated with these Self-Care activities.

You may want to look at this post about a headache band or these posts about headaches around the temple.


This site is undergoing changes. Starting in early 2020, we began changing the format of the posts to include more extensive self-care, illustrations, therapist notes, anatomy, and protocols. We’d love your feedback. We are adding posts and converting the old posts as quickly as time permits.


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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.

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