Tension headache relief: Get to know your occipitofrontalis

Release tension around your eyes by massaging the occipitofrontalis muscle along your eyebrows
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Are you suffering from frequent tension headaches, maybe accompanied by blurred vision? Or just a sense of tension around your eyes? Good news: There is a simple way to get relief for your tension headaches that you can do in just a few minutes by taming your occipitofrontalis.

The occipitofrontalis muscle runs across the head. It is constructed of three components, the frontalis muscle, the occipitalis muscle, and the galea aponeurotica. The latter is a large tendon that connects the occipitalis in the back of your skull with the frontalis, running from the top of the head and inserting in the superficial fascia of the fascial muscles and the area above our eyebrows.

It’s basically the muscle that raises your eyebrows and wrinkles up your forehead and creates fascial expressions in the upper part of the head. And it is often very tense, contributing to tension headaches, migraines and blurred vision.

Follow the mini massage in the video below to release any muscle tension around your eyes. If you don’t have massage balls, you can simply use your fingers.

  1. Close your eyes, and breathe into your belly to activate the relaxation response. Make sure your elbows are supported so you can relax your shoulders while you massage the frontalis muscle.
  2. Massage along the ridge of eyebrows either with your middle finger, index finger or with several fingers together by making small circles, applying gentle pressure. If you have massage balls, place one ball at the inner edge of your eyebrow and then wind it up a bit in a spinning motion. This will gather up your myofascial tissues, creating a deep massage action and increasing blood flow to your eyes.
  3. Move from the inner eyebrow toward the temples, by picking a new spot to massage.
  4. When you reach the temples, spin the ball or press your finger into your temporalis muscle with a circular motion. You can open and close the jaw to create a deeper massage action.
  5. Then spin the ball the other way, or circle your fingers in the other direction and move backwards along the ridge of the eyebrows.
  6. Do the same to the other eye.
  7. Finish with at least five minutes of palming.

 

 

 

 

About Claudia Muehlenweg

I'm a certified Bates Method Vision Teacher, helping my clients to improve their vision naturally. No matter if young or old and if suffering from myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, strabismus, amblyopia, astigmatism and even eye diseases, eyesight can always be improved. My motto is: No Strain, More Gain!