Dec 282012
 

What symptoms and pain are associated with the occipitalis muscle?

Occipitalis Muscle Pain

The occipital muscle can contribute to headaches, migraines, eye and teeth pain as well as TMJ.

  • Pain in the back of the head
  • Pain at the top of the head
  • Pain around the eye
  • Teeth pain

Where is the occipitalis muscle?

The occipitalis is located at the back head, above the base of the scalp.

What movements does the occipitalis muscle control?

  • Pulls the scalp back
  • Assists with raising the eyebrows

Activities that cause occipitalis pain and symptoms:

  • Keeping the eyebrows raised
  • Tension

Interesting facts about the occipitalis:

  • For those who have this talent, the occipitalis is the muscle that wiggles the ears.

Clinical diagnoses to which the occipitalis muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Tension headaches
  • Migraines headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfuntion
  • Eye strain


Occipitalis Muscle

The occipital muscle pulls the scalp back and helps to raise the eyebrows.

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the occipitalis muscle:

Satellite Trigger Points: Frontalis, Temporalis, Posterior Cervical Muscles

For detailed anatomy information see: Occipitalis Anatomy


Help with Occipital Muscles Pain

Warm Therapy Gel For Occipitalis Muscle Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel s a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and professionally in my massage therapy practice. Unlike other over the counter heating creams, it provides therapeutic warmth without burning heat.  It can help reduce tightness and pain around the base of the skull where occipital pain originates. Apply Sombra to the neck and along the base of the skull to help relax the muscles and ease neck and headache pain.

Cold Therapy Gel For Tension Headaches

Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle injury

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain relieving gel and I recommend it for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries.  Biofreeze is better than warm therapy gels and creams for recent injury muscle pain as it cools the area much like ice and does not promote swelling. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer.  Biofreeze  is recommended for those who have had a recent neck injury or sudden onset pain. Rub the gel  into the neck going up to the base of the skull. Highly recommended for early treatment of whiplash.

 

 

Hot Cold Cervical Roll For Headaches and Neck Pain

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Elasto-Gel Cervical Roll can be heated, chilled or used simply for support and pressure for the neck. The roll can help with occipital muscle pain and headaches. For best results, position the roll at the base of the skull.

Self Treatment Techniques For Occipital Muscle Headaches and Neck Pain

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I use and often recommend the Neck King Massage Tool For Neck and Back to my clients who suffer with headaches, migraines and stiff necks.  The Neck King works on trigger points and pressure points to help relieve muscle tension and pain. The secret to using the Neck King is to follow the directions carefully and to slowly build up the time spent using the tool. For many first time users the tool is too hard to use comfortably. Folding a hand towel and laying it over the Neck King will help ease the discomfort.  This tool has help me as well as many of my clients relieve headaches, sore stiff necks and upper back strain.

Self Treatment For Headaches, Head, Eye and Teeth Pain Caused By The Occipitalis Muscle

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.

When I recommend trigger point tools to my clients I always recommend that they also purchase Claire Davies  The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. Mr. Davies explain the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language.  But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled.  His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain,  how to find the trigger point and treat it. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle.  If you suffer with unresolved headaches and migraines I highly recommend this book. Relieving trigger points in various head and neck muscles have helped many people resolve head and neck pain issues. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.

 

 

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