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Head and Neck Pain - Tension Type Headaches

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Trigger Point Anatomy - Occipitalis   Tension headaches are remarkably common - but do you really need to turn to drugs for pain relief? Tension headaches are the most common type of headache we experience. While they don’t link to any underlying medical condition they can be debilitating and distressing to sufferers. Too often the given solution is to mask this pain with medication but the root cause is typically muscle tension, itself often resulting from stress - so these are headaches that can usually be addressed successfully with massage and manual therapy techniques.     Trigger Points Trigger points (tight...

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Posture Muscles - Awesome Stretches for Neck and Shoulders!

Posted by Julian Knight on

  Neck Pain and Stiffness is often associated with active Trigger Points in the Scalenes Muscles and is relieved when these are released   The more time spent with a forward head posture, the more likely it is that one will develop neck and shoulder problems Most neck pain that is not caused by whiplash or other trauma has a postural component as part of the underlying problem. Sitting atop the body, the health of the neck is subject to the curvature of the spine and the position of the head above.Neck pain is often associated with trigger points, and these...

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Scalp Massage | Tension Headaches | Therapeutic Hair Pulling

Posted by Judith Winer on

    Chronic daily tension-type headaches affect approximately 3% of the population with women being twice as likely to suffer from them as men Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, they are experienced by most people during their lives and they are the ‘everyday’ headaches. Tension headaches used to be referred to as muscle contraction headaches or stress headaches, but generally these terms have gone out of usage. The National Health Service in the UK estimate that about half of adults experience tension-type headaches once or twice a month, with 1 in 3 get suffering up to...

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Treating Tension Type Headaches and Migraines

Posted by Judith Winer on

    Trigger Point Anatomy - Epicranius Muscles       So what is the relationship between trigger points and headaches? According to many neurologists, the most common form of headache seen in the clinic is "chronic daily headache associated with muscle tension" (chronic TTH) with periodic migrainous features. This type of headache is often included in the category of migraine or transformed migraine, but is characterized by a background of daily headache with tender, tight muscle bands in the head, neck, and shoulder muscles (trigger points), with pain referred to the head. A 2006 study by Calandre et al compared patients...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Masseter

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Treating Masseter Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner     Ischemic Compression Technique   Masseter trigger points are significant contributors to headaches A forward-head posture places the mandible in a position that puts the masseter under undue stress. Antagonist muscles, such as the geniohyoid, omohyoid, and digastric, can all become spastic as a result of overtraining of the abdominal muscles using poor technique. This in turn may inhibit the masseter, with resulting trigger point formation to provide stiffness or tension within the muscle. Changes in associated suboccipital muscles lead to changes in homeostasis of the head and face muscles. A...

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