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Orbicularis Oculi Muscle: Eye Pain and Twitching

(Last Updated On: August 10, 2018)

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

Orbicularis Oculi Muscle Pain: Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain above the eye extending down the side of the nose and occasionally over into the cheek and down to the upper lip
  • 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
Orbicularis Oculi Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

You use the orbiscularis oculi muscle when you close your eyes, blink, and squint.

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.

Orbicularis Oculi Pain and Symptoms Can Be Similar To, Contribute To, and Be Affected By These Medical Diagnosis:

  • Eye strain
  • Tension headaches
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Sinus headache
  • Sinusitis
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome

TWD Suggests: Tired Sore Eyes? Sinus Headaches? Tension Headaches?

Tension and pain in the orbicularis oculi can be caused by eye strain, dry eyes, sinus problems and tension. The Huggaroo Head Wrap can help relieve many of these symptoms. The wrap can used warm to ease sinus pain and tension headaches or chilled to ease and refresh tired strained eyes.

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

Satellite trigger points associated with the orbiscularis oculi:

  • Frontalis
  • Temporalis
  • Posterior Cervical Muscles

For detailed anatomy information:  Orbicularis Oculi Anatomy

TWD Recommendations For Orbicularis Oculi Muscle, Eye Pain And Discomfort

Asutra Silk Covered Organic Lavender Flax Seed Eye Mask

This Premium Silk Eye Pillow / Mask features a tiny zipper that allows you to adjust the filling to your liking. The pillow cover is made of silk and the filling is organic lavender buds and flax seed. The filling can be added directly to the silk pouch or put in a muslin bag which provides additional weight and firmness. The pillow has directions for both heat and cold applications. The pillow ha an adjustable head band which allows you to use it as a sleep mask. Also included is a gel mask which can be kept in the freezer to provide cold therapy for eye strain and pain. A great choice for those who need relief from strained achy eyes!

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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