IS YOUR PAIN A HEADACHE OR SKULL PAIN?
THE DIFFERENCE IS CRITICAL
Since I can remember, I would infrequently get these sensations in my head, painful, and the only way I can describe it is like a blood vessel has stretched and broken and hot liquid has poured out of the vessel. It would happen upon some kind of exertion. Now it happens more frequently and not necessarily with exertion. There is also pain on my scalp but seems like its under the scalp on top of the skull, and the pain is worse with pressure and seems tender. - Paula from MedHelp
I have a pain on my skull or scalp, which is slightly worse if pressure is applied. It is the same sensation that I used to get as a child when I had my hair pulled back into a pony tail, but I haven't worn my hair like that for about 15 years now. It's a patch on the top right of my skull/scalp. Does anyone have any idea what this is? - Franniesh from Wellshpere
FASCIA is the thin, cellophane-like membrane that surrounds all muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and bones (it goes by different names depending on the tissue it surrounds). Part of what makes Fascia so unique is that it is not only the most abundant Connective Tissue in the body, it is arguably the single most pain-sensitive tissue in the body as well. Just like other soft tissues, Fascia has the potential to be injured and form MICROSCOPIC SCAR TISSUE. Add to this the fact that Fascia is so thin that it cannot be properly imaged with even the most technologically advanced imaging techniques (CT / MRI), and you can see the potential of being swept away by CHRONIC PAIN'S PERFECT STORM.
CUT-AWAY IMAGES OF THE HAIRLINE ON TOP OF THE SKULL
The arrows in the images are pointing to the Galea Aponeurotica, which is also known as the Epicranial Aponeurosis (the thin layer of Fascia that surrounds the skull). You can read more about APPONEUROSES in general by clicking the link.
He developed "Skull Pain" a few months after a fairly serious injury to his face and subsequent surgery. Over the course of 5 years, Joe had been to all sorts of doctors (many psychiatrists and neurologists), been through a plethora of tests, and taken a large array of drugs --- many being "psych" drugs. He even ended up working on a farm for 6 months as part of a program developed to help people thought to be dealing with Psycho-Somatic illnesses (i.e. --- problems that the experts believe are all in their head). Finally, another neurologist ran a SPECT SCAN and told the family that Joe had no signs of mental illness or organic disease process in his brain --- something he had been trying to convince them of since high school.
I told Joe that while one treatment would probably not be enough to completely solve his problem, he would know whether or not our approach would help him. He had Fascial Adhesions all over his head, neck, and face that were so bad, you could hear them 'creaking' as he moved. I broke the adhesions (different than the Cranio - Sacral techniques such as SOT), and the difference was immediate and significant. Check back because I have a feeling that Joe might chime in.
Dr. Schierling, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help with this. For all the things I've tried over the past 5 years, this is the only thing that has helped -- so it gives me a hope that I did not have before. I do feel different after the work you did. I can't say it is 100% gone, but the fact that it is improved is all I've been looking for. Thank you again and I will let you know how things go.