Temporal Headaches

Temporal Headache


Temporal headaches can be a bothersome type of headache that occurs on the side of the head above the ears. They are often caused by irritation, inflammation, or trigger points in the temporal region, which houses important structures like the temporal bone, temporalis muscle, nerves, and blood vessels. 

If you’re seeking natural ways to alleviate temporal headaches without relying on medications, Physiotherapist Mike Wong from Eastwest Physiotherapy will explore four techniques he recommends for immediate and natural relief.

Technique 1: Self Trigger Point Release on the Temporalis Muscle

Trigger Point

The temporalis muscle plays a role in temporal headaches. To relieve the pain, locate this muscle by placing your fingers on the area above your ears and biting down to feel the contraction. Once identified, apply gentle pressure to the tender area using your fingers or a massage ball for 30-60 seconds. Repeat this process, focusing on other tender areas. Remember to stretch the muscle afterward by applying pressure and opening your jaw wide for 10-15 seconds. Always apply gentle pressure and stop if you experience any discomfort or pain.

Technique 2: Acupressure Point Taiyang (Great Sun)

Temple Headache

Taiyang, also known as the great Sun, is an acupressure point that can provide relief for temporal headaches. Locate it by finding the depression halfway between your eyebrow and the edge of your eye, approximately an inch toward the ear. Use your index and middle fingers to gently press on the area while taking deep breaths. Try the box breathing method, inhaling for 4 seconds, holding for 4 seconds, and exhaling through pursed lips for 4 seconds. Repeat this process as needed throughout the day for headache relief. This point can also help with other issues like eye problems, facial paralysis, and toothaches.

Technique 3: Acupressure Point LI4 (Union Valley)

Temporal Headache Treatments

LI4, another powerful acupressure point, is beneficial for relieving headaches, toothaches, and digestive problems. Locate it by pinching your thumb and index finger together and identifying the highest spot of the muscle. Apply firm pressure using your opposite thumb or index finger and massage the point for 2-3 minutes. Circular or up-and-down movements, squeezing and releasing the point, or rubbing it back and forth can also be helpful. Avoid using this point during pregnancy as it may induce labor. Stimulating the LI4 point on both hands promotes balance and symmetry.

Technique 4: Moist Heat Application to the Temporalis Muscle

Applying moist heat to the temporalis muscle can relax the muscle and improve blood circulation, easing tension and reducing temporal headaches. Use a warm towel or heating pad on the side of your head where the muscle is located for approximately 5 minutes. Assess your headache and continue applying heat for another 5-10 minutes or as needed for relief. Remember to use moist heat to ensure better muscle penetration and avoid excessive heat or prolonged application.

Incorporating these four techniques into your daily routine can provide natural relief for temporal headaches. However, if the headaches persist, it is advisable to consult a medical professional to address any underlying issues. Additionally, incorporating stretching exercises and maintaining proper neck and shoulder posture can help prevent headaches. 

For helpful videos demonstrating these exercises, visit the provided link.

Safe Neck Exercises – https://youtu.be/iiqYQAnYUeY

Unlock Neck Pain with 3 Acupressure Points – https://youtu.be/4KF5ytAPUW4

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