Dry needling for headache pain can be very effective in reducing muscle tension to the neck and base of the skull. While this does not deal with the underlying problem of why the neck muscles are painful it can be very helpful as a treatment.
Following any dry needling treatment it is important to keep the muscles and area moving. Self massage can be helpful to the area. Soreness can occur but should not last more than a few hours. Contact your practitioner if your soreness lasts more than 12 hours.
This post shows how to use a Theracane for neck and tension between your shoulders. Self massage as well as mobilizing your joints is possible with a Theracane.
This post shows us how we test to see if there is an ocular or eye muscle problem using convergence or 'crossing our eyes'. Both eyes need to work together and this test will tell us if this is happening or if there is a problem.
Here is a post on testing for headache pain. We have included a simple test that you can do for yourself and a video on testing of the neck and how it can cause headache and migraine pain.
This session talks about how we test the eye muscles for trigger points or knots and the nerves that work the muscles of the eye. Headache and eye pain can be related to this finding and testing the eye muscles is important in determining the cause of headaches.
This video shows an evaluation, treatment and re-evaluation with imaging of a gentleman suffering from vertigo or BPPV.
A forward head posture is common with headache pain. A great exercise to help reduce tension and muscle guarding is nodding. This post includes a video on 'how to' treat headache pain through daily exercise.
Dry needling can be a very safe treatment option in the hands of a skilled practitioner. While complications are rare lung punctures and other injuries do occur. Here is a video of a real patient and dry needling treatment using imaging to improve safety.
Sometimes headaches can be relieved by neck traction. Here is a video showing how to do this on someone you care about. Remember to go slow and get feedback.
Here are two muscles that are common with headaches, the temporalis and the superior oblique. This video shows how to massage these muscles to reduce tension and headache pain.
This is how we test the neck when looking for a cause of headache pain. The upper portion of the neck, or the upper cervical spine, is a common source of headache pain. Testing the atlas and axis and how it moves not only gives us information on movement and pain but also a guide for treatment success.
Chronic ear pressure, plugging and even pain can come from a Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. This condition is most common with a neck or cervical problem. Other symptoms include tinnitus or ringing, headaches, and neck pain and stiffness. Here are two people sharing their story.
What is the cause of ear pressure, plugging and pain? This video explains an Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and the causes. Most ear pressure issues that are persistent are because of muscle tension to the neck and throat.
Neutral spinal posture or a relaxed posture for your spine can be achieved in a zero gravity chair.
Here is a step by step video on the left Epley maneuver.
This video reviews the different tests to check for vertigo or BPPV. The most sensitive and currently best test is video oculography. A correct diagnosis of BPPV improves the success of treatment.
This video is about the process in picking the right pillow for you. For side sleeping remember to 'fill the holes' and keep the spine straight with enough support. If you have tried 2 or 3 pillows and your neck pain or headache pain continues then the problem is not your pillow but your neck.
Dry needling during pregnancy can be a safe way to reduce pain quickly.
Shoulder pain that is chronic or gets worse with activity is usually the result of changes in how the shoulder moves or a biomechanical problem. Impingement Syndrome or rotator cuff strain are common diagnoses. Restoring normal joint mechanics is the goal of treatment before exercising.