I began looking at some of the acupressure points and associated meridians and discovered a referral pattern that involved the neck, cranium and low back. Further research into specific trigger points that had pain referral zones related to the musculature of the head, neck and shoulders brought this referral pattern into greater focus. The most effective trigger points for releasing the muscles and tension in the neck and shoulder were also some of the more powerful acupressure points.
If you are a massage therapist who treats clients with headaches, but are not including the cranium in your treatment, you are missing a significant cause of your clients’ headaches and may not be able to achieve long term resolution.
Case Study: Jack, a 73-year old, was referred for treatment. His intake and health history form showed that he was facing some serious problems. He wanted to enjoy his retirement, to be able to travel, and to enjoy doing things with his wife. I’ve included a list of Jack’s health challenges and the medical interventions that he has endured in his lifetime. We will then look at all of these conditions with a different perspective that could have changed the whole course of his life.