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Jan Henry


As we continue our journey into common trigger point pains that people experience, we shift our attention to one of the primary culprits in migraine type headaches: the suboccipital muscles. The suboccipital muscles are buried deep under the back of the skull, between where the skull meets the vertebrae of the neck.

location of the suboccipital muscles in the back of the neck

This small, deep collection of muscles are responsible for some of the most debilitating tension headaches in the body. While true migraines are typically a result of issues in other systems, these muscles possess a vice-like headache referral that can mimic true migraine pain:

side view of human head and neck showing location of suboccipital muscles

If this pain pattern seems familiar, it might be something that can be addressed through more simple measures of intervention that can sometimes be done simply from home! Tune in to next week’s blog for more details on what to avoid and what to do to address these headaches.