Many people come to my clinic presenting with shoulder and back pain, after talking in more detail about their general health I often find the client suffered from regular headaches. At this point I tried to find out whereabouts the headaches occur in the head.
There are large muscles in the head and they work with muscles of the neck muscles so it is important when treating head and neck pain to look at both parts of the body.
The neck muscles work hard all day adjusting the posture and position of the head which weighs between 4.5 and 5kg, constituting around 8% of the whole body mass. The neck muscles control the gross motor movement in the muscular system of the head and neck.
Neck pain and headaches can often be caused by incorrect posture, neck muscles that have to support the heavy weight of the head at certain angles over a long period of time, often using computers or tablets can become shortened, and give a feeling of tightness.
By relaxing those muscles such as the trapezius and the sternocleidomastoid muscles that attach to the base of the skull, the therapist enables the muscles to rebalance allowing the head to realign.
Here is a short video demonstrating some of the techniques that can be applied to the neck and head muscles using feet.
Applying pressure to the base of the skull at the occiput with the toes the therapist can feel muscle imbalance, This may often causes pain at the front of the head and in the back. Massaging occipitalis muscles just above the base of the skull can be very effective in the reduction of headaches for the receiver.