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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 usually focused on eye pain and say that it makes their eyes hurt. On the other hand, headaches, like this one, seem to pinpoint in the back of the eye.
At times, they complain about achy, tired eyes. Often, they associate it with visual strain. In those cases, they complain of things like bright lights, hours of study, or small print. For example, if they wear a hat, they often 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 almost all the time. She says that the bill blocks the light, but the hat is not tight enough to create a headache.
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. When this headache is acting up, this motion increases the pain. But, of course, you’d have to be a clown or have a lot of disappointing conversations to create these headaches through over-use of the occipitalis.
Most often, this trigger point usually is activated through physical pressure. For example, this might include pressure from a hat, laying your head on something hard, or bumping the back of the head on a cabinet. However, once this is aggravated, even things that normally don’t bother you, like the pressure of the tip of the stem on your sunglasses, can irritate this.
Occasionally, it is a satellite trigger point from the referral of trigger points in the neck.
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.
This post has techniques, tips, treatment routines, and anatomy illustrations to improve the bodyworker’s approach.
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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.
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