Headaches in the forehead are usually caused by tension and trigger points in your muscles, but can be alleviated with simple techniques and eliminated in the long term.
You just have to know how!
Trigger points and muscle tension do not simply disappear into thin air.
On the contrary: If you do nothing, they persist for years and sometimes, if not frequently, cause pain.
In this case, a headache in the forehead.
Of course, the cause of your headaches may also lie in a systemic disease or structural damage to your skull – such as due to an accident.
Fortunately, however, this is rarely the case.
On this page I will be focusing on headaches that are caused by your muscles.
You can usually get trigger points and tight muscles under control with a self-massage.
Trigger points respond well to a precise massage and can, in a manner of speaking, be “massaged out” of the muscles.
Too much muscle tension can also be reduced by a self-massage, because you are “communicating” with your nervous system through the pressure you apply to the muscles.
Your nervous system is the control centre of your body and therefore, also that of your muscle tension.
Massage yourself daily until your pain is eliminated!
Below, I will take you step by step through the self-massage of certain muscles and the parts of the body that can potentially cause headaches in the forehead.
Please don’t let yourself be intimidated by my occasional use of various technical terms.
You will understand everything and know just what to do.
Your first step is to find tight and pressure-sensitive muscles, and then to massage them.
The sternocleidomastoid muscle is the noticeable muscle located at the side of your neck and is often responsible for forehead pain.
It consists of two strands, which you will test for tenderness and massage if necessary.
The first strand – also called pars sternalis – runs from your sternum to your occiput.
Use a pincer grip to grasp and feel the muscle.
Start with its tendon at the upper end of the sternum, which merges into the muscle after a few centimetres.
Examine the muscle on both sides of your neck as it projects the pain on the opposite site of the forehead.
If you feel a pulse when palpating or doing the massage, then you have come across an artery in your neck.
Let it go and grab the muscle again, only this time without the artery, and continue with your massage.
Proceed in the same way with the other strand – the pars clavicularis – of the sternocleidomastoid.
It extends from your collarbone and gets covered a few centimetres above by the sternal part of the muscle.
Place your fingers on the inner third of your collarbone and use the pincer grip to grab the overlying sternocleidomastoid.