Doing the scalp exercise properly

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ddhamilt
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Doing the scalp exercise properly

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Thanks for allowing me to be a part of the forum Tom. :)

So I think I am doing it properly.

1. I raise my eyebrows
2. At the same (or very slightly after) I pull back at my ears.

One thing I notice is the back of my head muscles "shake"...and I'm wondering if I'm doing it too hard, or that might happen with my current level of tension, etc with muscles on the back of my head/beck.

I also feel the muscles down the back of my neck engage, and shake too.

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ddhamilt, The ideal way to do the scalp exercise is this: You do a quick contraction of the frontalis muscle (a flash contraction), then you do a rather prolonged contraction of the occipitalis muscle (two or three seconds). The longer contraction strengthens this bisected muscle at the back of the head.

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You don't have to consciously relax one muscle when you contract the other. The frontalis and occipitalis are "antagonistic" muscles: when one contracts, the other relaxes automatically.

But when you first experiment with this exercise you will feel some strange sensations as you contract your occipitalis. Most men who try to contract this muscle find it difficult at first to gain full control of it. After over two weeks of working with this muscle, I had pain in my trapezius, my neck, and even in my shoulders. But after I was able to "isolate" the occipitalis these pains vanished. When you gain full control over this difficult muscle your eccentric pains will vanish too.

Many men who send me videos of themselves doing the scalp exercise are contracting only the frontalis muscles at the front of the head. This is not doing the scalp exercise right. You have to get that alternating contraction of both epicranial muscles to get that half inch of scalp movement. I know it's tough at first but once you get that smooth alternating contraction you'll know it.

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Re: Doing the scalp exercise properly

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That's great info thanks for that.

Could I post a quick video of how I'm doing it here for you to review?

Here is the link if it's cool:

https://youtu.be/xh7UML_084g

Hoping that way #2 that I'm demonstrating is the right direction! :)

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No, you're not doing the scalp exercise right. Of course you're contracting the frontalis muscle at the front of your head correctly. This is a completely voluntary muscle. But I don't see that you have any control of the occipitalis muscle. This is a voluntary muscle too, but it's only voluntary once it's developed and toned-up. When it's in an atrophied state (the usual state of this muscle) it's almost uncontrollable. I spent a lot of time working with it. At first I got just a minimal contraction. But after that first bit of success, I had full control of that difficult muscle within days. Don't give up on this task. If you work on it you'll have success.

Watch Riley Eusden do the exercise from all angles - https://www.hairloss-reversible.com/the ... ise-video/. He does the exercise perfectly. He has good movement of the scalp. And he has a strong contraction of the occips - you can almost feel them contract as he does the exercise. Here's a way to check if you're doing it right. Watch your ear movement. If the tips of the ears are moving up, you are contracting the frontalis; if the ears are moving close to your skull, you are contracting the occipitalis. There will be a lot of ear movement when you're doing the exercise the way I describe it.

This exercise will not only promote hair growth; it will improve the expressiveness of the whole upper face, which of course includes the eyes. It's a great exercise if it's done correctly. I do it almost every day.

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Got it Tom thanks so much, I will keep practicing until I get it!

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Quick question Tom...

Do I need to contract backwards right at the ears to work the occipital muscle?

Or can I just contract the back of my head above the ears...or do I need to contract both areas?

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BTW...

The reason I ask is because I am trying to recover from long-tim TMJ issues...and if I pull back on the contraction RIGHT at where the ear meets my head (right in that area) it causes jaw issues for me...so I'm trying to figure out if I can contract without using there because that's how I've been doing it.

I think I can do it without that movement, and holding the contraction longer is starting to show me that (or so I think).

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I contract both heads of the occipitalis muscles at the same time. I can feel them bunch up under my fingers when I hold my fingers tightly over them. Several people who do the scalp exercise have told me the same thing - they cannot isolate just one side when they are doing the SE. Even though my occips are strong, I can't contract only one side at a time.

The 100-percent test of epicranial muscle contraction is this: When you contract the frontalis muscle, the tips of the ears rise. When you contract the occipitalis muscle, the ears move closer to the skull.

After I had been doing the scalp exercise for many months, the area surrounding one ear started to hurt intensely. It did not hurt when I did not do the scalp exercise. I was bewildered by this. I thought I had a TMJ problem. Of course I went to a doctor for an examination. He found a ball - like a small bullet - of impacted earwax (cerumen) in each ear. He removed the earwax with a special machine. I could watch the removal on a screen. One ball of earwax was much bigger than the other. After this minor operation I had no more problem till about 15 years later when the wax built up again. Have your ears checked.

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