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Ear pressure (Plugged Ears/Clogged Ears)

Discussion in 'Neurological/Neuro-sensory' started by pattismith, Aug 12, 2017 at 7:11 AM.

  1. pattismith

    pattismith Senior Member

    Ear canal pressure can result from several conditions, like a change in pressure in the environment, sinus inflammation, ear inflammation or problem with the temporomandibular joint, but it can also be a problem of neck muscles. While I do suffer from this latest condition, I find some interesting links about it:

    So how does tension in neck cause pressure in ears? If you are like many people who experience this from time to time, then you know how discomforting this can be. Often, the pressure in the ears is so intense it can cause you to have problems with your balance.

    Tightness in the ear can occur for a number of different reasons, including sinus infections, allergies, etc. However, there are specific correlations made between the pressure in the ears and neck tension. Certain people with muscle tightness in the neck and shoulders are susceptible to this type of pressure in the ears.

    It has been demonstrated that many people who suffer from this ailment report that stress and extra tension in the neck tend to trigger one of these episodes. People with muscular imbalances around the head are also susceptible to this type of pressure in the ears.

    Although neck tension can influence the magnitude of tightness in the ears, it is not shown to be the cause of it. Another theory states that what happens when the neck and shoulders become tense they block the passages in the ear. This then causes the fluid in the ears to build up and they are unable to drain properly.

    You may be apt to try to pop your ears by plugging your nose and breathing out, but overtime this technique can actually cause harm to the eardrum. Instead, try to practice other techniques such as the one below to help relieve neck tension and the tightness in the ears.

    That way, the next time someone asks, “So how does tension in the neck cause pressure in the ears?” You will know the answer and can tell them what they can do to relieve both symptoms.

    Make sure the pressure you are experiencing isn’t due to allergies or sinuses. If they are, the tightness in the ears will be somewhat relieved when you take a Sudafed or a Claritin. Make sure to consult with your doctor prior to taking any type of medication for this ailment.

    You will also want to check your neck and shoulder posture. Are you slouching? If so, take note of this and practice better posture. If you can afford to get a massage, have a massage therapist work on trigger points on and around your head as well as your shoulders and neck.

    Often muscles and nerves work hand in hand, therefore if you have any tension knots on your neck or shoulders this can aggravate blood flow. It can also lead to discomfort and extra tension in the neck and shoulders.
    more info at this link:

    What we can do to relase the ear pressure:

    Ear Barotrauma
    Ear barotrauma is caused by a change in pressure with respect to the middle of your ear and the outside environment. This is commonly seen on planes during the ascent and descent. In addition to swallowing, chewing gum and yawning, individuals can perform certain neck exercises to help release pressure in the ear. Start by dropping your jaw, placing both of your hands on the sides of your neck. As you lower your jaw, exhale slowly, keeping your fingers on your neck and under your jaw to make sure you are properly lowering your jaw. Breath in and out deeply several times while in this position.

    Lymphatic Drainage Massage
    This neck exercise and massage is designed to relieve pressure in your ear as well as to relieve ear aches. Lie down on your side with your legs straight and arms at your sides. Place your index and middle fingers firmly behind your jaw bone and under your ear. Slide down your neck, applying pressure on the region as you slide down. Repeat this five to 10 times on both sides of your neck before stopping.

    Neck Extension
    This neck exercise will help improve range of motion in your neck, indirectly helping you reduce ear canal pressure during changes in external pressure. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor and arms at your sides. Take your right hand and place it directly behind your neck and the base of your skull. From there, apply light pressure to the back of your head. Resist this pressure by keeping your head in the same position. Repeat until fatigued.

    Neck Rotation Exercise
    This exercise can help you reduce ear canal pressure by loosening up your jaw and neck muscles. Sit up straight up with both of your feet on the ground. From here, slowly rotate your head and neck to the right, continuing to rotate until your head is parallel with your right shoulder. Slowly return to your original position and repeat, going both ways until fatigued. As you improve, place a hand on your neck to provide slight rotation during your exercise.


    some other symptoms that can be provoked by neck muscle issue:

    What pain and symptoms are associated with the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle?
      1. Sternal Division – This is the muscle head that connects to the breastbone(sternum).
      • Pain may be felt in these areas:
        • Cheek and jaw
        • Sinuses
        • Back of head at the bottom of the skull
        • Around one eye
        • Top of head
      • May also be associated with these symptoms:
        • Tearing of eye
        • Visual disturbances when viewing parallel lines
        • Chronic “sore throat” when swallowing,
        • Chronic dry cough.
      1. Clavicular Division – This is the muscle head that connects to the collarbone (clavicle).
  2. Learner1

    Learner1 Professional Patient

    Pacific Northwest
    Thanks for sharing this! This just shows that, as with many if our problems, there can be more factors than we're aware of...

    The lymphatic drainage is a great solution - I've had an amazingly clear ears and sinuses with lymphatic massage.
    pattismith likes this.

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