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Old 11-06-2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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Unhappy Not headache but spin ache in head

Hope the title isn't too long. I do not want to go to medical to hear them tell me to stay off my neck for two weeks (military medical sarcasm). Symptom is as follows:
When doing dead lifts and jerk and clean type exercises I have a sharp pain in the back of my head where my neck attaches / spine enters. Pain scale, it makes me stop mid rep no matter if just starting or almost done.

I know they are not induced from lack of nutrients but I am thinking either bad pasture or form (which I think form is good had few people watch me). And I do light weight lots of reps 10-20.

Is my neck weak?
Name of symptom?
Any suggestions, or have the same problem?
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:36 AM   #2
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Re: Not headache but spin ache in head

Got video? Most of the time headaches after squats, deadlifts, cleans, and similar movements are caused by craning the neck back/looking up. Practice holding a tennis ball under your chin next time and see if that helps.

Alternatively, you could have some nasty trigger points in your traps that are referring pain to that area.
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Re: Not headache but spin ache in head

THanks for the tip!
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Re: Not headache but spin ache in head

It came back while doing dips today, same spot. I notice it is when I am doing an exercise that is stressful/hard. Any ideas?
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Re: Not headache but spin ache in head

You could have strained it in the last workout. Typically once it developes, it takes about a week to go away, provided you are no longer craning your neck. Putting in a hard effort will naturally tension that area, if it is already sore it will continue to hurt/spasm.

If you do not wish to chill (go light) on exercise for about a week, I would suggest stretching and massage. If you have developed bad trigger points then normal stretching may actually make it worse. In that case keep the stretching light, just enough stretching to feel some light resistance. Work the trigger points directly if you know how or have access to someone who does.
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