Headache and Migraine Massage the Temporalis
Headaches and migraines are often made worse by tension in the muscles of the head and neck. Massaging the head and neck can release tension easing the pain of headaches and migraines. I will discuss the temporalis in this post. The temporalis is a muscle that is on both sides of the head above the ears. The muscle fans out across the side of your head with a good portion of the muscle turning to tendon close the the ear. It is one of the muscles involved in chewing. It can become tight for many reasons. Most common causes are trauma, injury, sleeping on a pillow that does not provide good support, and teeth grinding/clinching. Pillow talk...a good supportive pillow goes a long way to providing stability for your head to rest and relax during sleep. I get asked often what type of pillow I recommend. Choosing a pillow is a really personal decision based on trial and error. I can say that with pillows you largely get what you pay for in quality.
If you temporalis is tight you may suffer from intense headaches. If you press on the side of your head above your ears and it hurts, it may be tension in the temporalis muscle. There is an additional layer of pain called referral pain from trigger points. Temporalis trigger points will cause pain above the eye brown and in the upper teeth. Releasing temporalis trigger points can ease the referred pain giving you profound relief. Next blog, sternocleidomastoid muscle!