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Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

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How People Describe This Pain Pattern

splenius cervicis – trigger point referral

With this pattern, people complain of a headache behind the eye. That’s not enough information. When the headache pattern is severe, they may trace the pattern with their hand. Starting from the back of their neck, they move along the side of their head. Then, they focus their fingertips on the eye.  

There are several headache patterns in the eye, so I always ask for as many specifics as possible. Often regular clients are more aware of their pain patterns. And they’ve learned how to communicate the issue. Here, they tell me that it comes out of the neck and creates pain through the middle of their head. Often, they touch the spot of the trigger point complaining of tension and stiffness there. I will then usually find muscle is stiff or swollen along the side of the pain.

Anxiety and Blurred Vision

Usually, people don’t usually talk to their massage therapist about blurred vision or anxiety, but this trigger point is associated with those symptoms. I have often found this in special needs children that are stuck in fight-or-flight. These symptoms seem to clear up quickly when the trigger point is released. However, if it is an adult, I ask them about their vision and anxiety before and after to help them make the connection.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Often, a sharp forward bend in the base of the neck with a turn to one side aggravates this trigger point. In addition, this posture is more likely to create tension in the eye and blurred vision.

It is one of the most common pain generators in Forward-Head Posture. The self-care post has exercises that help to resolve long-term postural patterns that perpetuate the trigger points in this pain pattern.

This trigger point creates one of the headaches you can get from craning your neck as you jut your chin forward and down to look at your laptop.

This trigger point is also a typical pattern that arises when dealing with the problems related to whiplash.

The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

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This post on anatomy contains standard information about the origin, insertion, function, and innervation of muscles. Additionally, it includes information on functional considerations and anomalies.

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Getting Relief on Your Own

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Self-Care Strategies

This post has stretches, exercise, and changes in your activities for relief from this trigger point pattern.

Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

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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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