Orbicularis Oculi Muscle: Eye Pain and Twitching

 What pain and symptoms are associated with the orbicularis oculi muscle?

  • Pain above the eye extending down the side of the nose and occasionally over into the cheek and down to the upper lip

    Orbicularis Oculi Muscle Pain

    Pain above the top of the eye going down the inside of the nose are signs of possible orbicularis oculi dysfunction.

  • Excessive twitching of the eye
  • May contribute to  a drooping upper eyelid

Where is the orbicularis oculi muscle?

The orbicularis oculi are the muscles found around the eyes.

What movements does the orbicularis oculi muscle control?

  • Closes the eye
  • Blinking
  • Squinting

Activities that cause orbicularis oculi pain and symptoms:

  • Eyestrain
  • Poor eyesight
  • Tension

Interesting facts about the orbicularis oculi:

  • Eyestrain and poor eyesight can wreck havoc on this muscle. If this muscle suffers from constant shortening  it will make the print on a page jump around or appear wavy.
  • The orbicularis oculi are the muscles that cause crow’s feet.

Clinical diagnoses to which the orbicularis oculi muscle symptoms may contribute:

  • Eye strain
  • Tension headaches
  • Sinus headache
  • Sinusitis


Orbicularis Oculi Muscle

You use the orbicularis oculi muscle to close your eyes, blink and squint.

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the orbiscularis oculi:

Satellite Trigger Points: Sternocleidomastoid

Affected Systems: Vision. Sinus

For detailed anatomy information see: Orbicularis Oculi Anatomy

Self Help For Releasing Trigger Points That Contribute to Eye Pain and Strain

If you are having problems with twitching eyes, or an upper eyelid that droops along with tightness and pain around the eyes consider 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. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body.  Relieving trigger points in muscles around the eyes can often eliminate twitching and pain or tenderness around the eyes. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.





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