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Frontalis Muscle: Forehead, Sinus Pain, Headaches

(Last Updated On: August 10, 2018)

Pain and aching across the forehead are often a result of tension or trigger points in the frontalis muscle.

Frontalis Muscle Pain: Signs and Symptoms

  • Aching pain across the forehead
  • Can contribute to eye strain

Where is the frontalis muscle?

The frontalis is a facial muscle found in the forehead.

What movements does the frontalis muscle control?

  • Wrinkles the skin of the forehead
  • Elevates the eyebrows

Activities that cause frontalis pain and symptoms:

  • Constant raising of the eyebrows
  • Constant frowning
Frontalis Muscle Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

You use the frontalis muscle when you frown and raise your eyebrows.

Interesting facts about the frontalis:

  • The frontalis is one of the easiest and possibly the most self massaged muscle on the human body. If you experience a headache across the forehead or forehead tightness, try massaging from the top of the eyebrow straight up past the hairline. This technique goes with the muscle fibers and helps stretch and relax the muscle.
  • Contributes to the deep wrinkles across the forehead.

Frontalis Muscle Pain and Symptoms Can Be Similar To, Contribute To, and Be Affected By These Medical Diagnosis:

  • Tension headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Persistent eye strain
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

TWD Suggests: Do You Have Tension Headaches With Tired Aching Eyes?

The frontalis muscle not only contributes to aching across the forehead but can also cause your eyes to feel achy and tired.
The best way to relieve this is to sit back or lay down in a darken room and close your eyes and rest. The Huggaroo Warm/Cold Wrap can hasten that relief. Use it warm to relieve head pain and chilled for tired achy eyes. It is great to use for sinus discomfort, ear aches, and jaw pain.

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

Satellite trigger points associated with the frontalis muscle:

  • Sternocleidomastoid (clavicular head)

For detailed anatomy information:  Frontalis Anatomy

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