Mar 19, 2013
Found tender spots around the back of my head specifically my sub-occipitals. A little history... for the past 3-4 weeks at my weekly massage we have been focused on trigger points in and around my trapezius muscles, but i still was getting one headache per week starting at the back of my neck (sub-occipitals) and pain would refer over my ear, to my temple, and over my eyebrow if it was bad enough. Today I asked my massage therapist to focus more on the sub-occipital region and lower neck scalenes. We greatly diminished the tenderness in my sub-occipitals and my scalenes were very tight causing me to have a hard time swallowing saliva in addition to increased swallowing on my back... after tension was released in the scalenes i had a much easier time swallowing, WEIRD!
Through all of this I was thinking back to when we first started and how much better i felt when we were focused on my neck. I had much more energy and could go weeks without any headaches. So, trying to remember what we focused on at that time... I remember a lot of scalene muscle work in addition to myo-fascial release techniques. So that is the game plan for next time... focus more on neck region specifically deep tissue sub-occipital and scalenes, take care of obvious trapezius trigger points, then myo-fascial release of shoulders & neck.