Good Afternoon, I hope that you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend.

trigger point headachesIn April I have noticed more people coming in to the clinic with severe headaches. These headaches are ones which are lasting and bringing down their mood, falling over the eyes and the only relief is sleep. They have a loss in energy and the general shoulder area and neck are sore and aching.You will see from the attached diagram the pain patterns of headaches people will get. The muscles in your neck which take the brunt of daily life be it stress, emotional strain, work, home life, busy mum, busy dad, sitting wrong at the computer, postural issues etc the list is endless. If you don’t look after these they form trigger points in the muscles causing headaches.

Trigger points, also known as trigger sites or muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibres. In particular I have had 2 ladies who have had no relief from their headache pain and with listening to these women I find out they have had a lot of emotional strain in their lives and so tension has begun in the muscles of the neck leading to headaches.

I have dry needled both of these women, dry needling is use of either solid filiform needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles for therapy of muscle pain, sometimes also know as intramuscular stimulation. The needles penetrate far enough to relieve the clients taut muscles and so stopping the headaches. What also happens in the clients have a new sense of energy as the body is not fighting the neck issues any more. Both of these women are transformed and it only took one session to see results and a couple more to maintain it.