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Headache Beside Crown with Eye pain

Your Pain Pattern,
What Aggravates It,

The Underlying Anatomy
How to Get Relief,
and more…


How People Describe This Pain Pattern

People complain of an intense headache that makes their eyes hurt. When I ask them about other areas of pain, they will describe the headache near the top of their head but make a gesture to the back of their head beside the crown. They are usually focused on eye pain and say that it makes their eyes hurt as opposed to other headaches, which seem to pinpoint in the back of the eye.

They often complain about eye strain, associating the pain in the eye to visual strain. If they wear a hat, they will wear it loosely or complain that it creates a headache or makes their eyes hurt. One client refers to it as “crazy eyes.” She wears a loose baseball cap all the time so that the bill blocks the light, but the hat is not tight enough to create a headache.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Ryan Braun shows off his occipitalis muscle.

This muscle shifts the hair back, lifting the eyebrows without wrinkling the forehead to create that look of reflective disappointment.  You’d have to be a clown or a have a lot of disappointing conversations to create these headaches through over-use of the occipitalis.

This trigger point usually is activated through the pressure of a hat, a blow to the back of the head or as a satellite trigger point of the neck trigger points.


The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

Start by Understanding the Anatomy.
About the coloring of the illustrations…

This is a flat muscle behind the ear that raises the eyebrows. You can read more about it in this post on the anatomy of occipitalis.

Getting Relief on Your Own

Clinically Proven
Self-Care Recommendations.

Take a look at this post for what you may be doing to perpetuate this problem and some easy, effective strategies for getting rid of the pattern.

Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

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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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