What’s Causing That Headache?

Sometimes, there’s nothing worse than a headache. Whether you’re dehydrated or you haven’t had lunch yet, headaches are often your body’s way of trying to tell you something.

This is certainly the case when dealing with a tension headache. Because of the body’s neurological framework, certain muscles can cause specific pain patterns. This means that when muscles get tense, they might be causing pain in nearby areas. When it comes to tension headaches, these three muscles are often the culprits:


The sternocleidomastoid (SCM) is a diagonally-shaped muscle located on both sides of your neck. When this muscle is unhappy, it will make itself known via pain around the eyes and on the back and top of the head.


The temporalis is a shell-shaped muscle located on both sides of your head. The lower part of this muscle connects to the jaw, and is often involved in TMJ. If you’re experiencing pain around your eyes and above your ears, it might be the temporalis.


The trapezius is a big diamond-shaped muscle that spans across your neck, shoulders, and mid-back. When there’s tension in the upper fibers of this muscle, a headache can form near the temple and behind the eyes.

Giving these muscles the tender loving care they need can really alleviate symptoms. Massage is one of the best ways to treat a tension headache. Get some relief by booking a massage with US today.


Finando, D., & Finando, S. (2005). Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press. (Original work published 1999)

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