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Can trigger points cause headaches?



Trigger points causing headaches show themselves as tight knots to of muscle fibers that can form in various  areas of the body, including the neck region. When these trigger points become activated or aggravated, they can refer pain to other areas, such as the head, back of eyes and surrounding areas

The pain caused by trigger points in the head and neck region can be intense and debilitating. It may feel like a dull ache, a throbbing sensation, or a sharp pain. Trigger point headaches often occur on one side of the head and can be accompanied by other symptoms like neck stiffness or limited range of motion.

Treatment Options For Trigger Points As A Cause of Headaches.

To alleviate trigger points as a cause of  headaches, various treatment options are available. These include manual therapy techniques such as trigger point release, massage, and stretching exercises. By far the quickest way to alleviate headaches though  is to needle the muscle groups both in the shoulder and side of neck.  Muscles including sternomastoid and trapezius.

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Demonstrating Causation of Headache

If you squeeze your trapezius (muscle at the top of your shoulder), you may well illicit a sensation or pain that radiates into the neck and back of head.  This is you activating the trigger point.These  can indeed cause headaches, particularly in the head and neck region. These tight knots of muscle fibers can become activated or aggravated, leading to pain that radiates to other areas, including the head, back of eyes, and surrounding regions. The pain experienced from trigger point headaches can range from a dull ache to a throbbing sensation or even sharp pain. It is common for these headaches to occur on one side of the head and may be accompanied by symptoms like neck stiffness or reduced range of motion.

Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for alleviating these sort of  headacnes headaches. Manual therapy techniques such as trigger point release, massage, and stretching exercises can be effective in providing relief. Additionally, needling muscle groups in the shoulder and side of the neck, such as the sternomastoid and trapezius muscles, can offer quick relief from these headaches.

It’s worth noting that if you squeeze your trapezius muscle at the top of your shoulder and feel pain radiating into your neck and back of the head, this is likely due to activating a trigger point that may cause a headache. Seeking professional help from a healthcare provider who specializes in trigger point therapy can provide further guidance on managing and treating these headaches effectively.

It is important to note that while trigger points can cause headaches, they may not be the sole cause of your headache pain. Other factors such as stress, poor posture, and underlying medical conditions can contribute to or exacerbate headache symptoms.

it is though fairly straightforward to find trigger points and differientate these from other causes of headaches.

In conclusion, if you are experiencing persistent or severe headaches, it is advisable to seek medical attention for proper evaluation and guidance.

By addressing trigger points and other contributing factors, you can effectively manage your headache symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.




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Laurens Holve has over 35 years experience as a Healthcare Practitioner specialising in both Osteopathy and Acupuncture practicing in North London and Woking, Surrey.

He trained in Osteopathic Medicine in London and studied Acupuncture in London and China where he worked and gained clinical experience in a hospital in Shanghai.

He helps people quickly get back to health by using his many years of study and experience employing different techniques to help reduce pain, increase mobility and improve health.