Occipital neuralgia is a painful condition that occurs when the occipital nerves that run from the top of your spine to your scalp are compressed or irritated.

Common symptoms associated with occipital neuralgia

  • Pain that starts where your head meets your neck.
  • Pain that radiates to one side of your head, down your neck and/or back.
  • Pain behind your eye.
  • Increased sensitivity of your scalp.

Symptoms can be caused by irritation of the occipital nerves

  • Spontaneously, as a result of a pinched nerve root in your neck due to an injury or surgery.
  • Due to irritation/compression from tight neck muscles. This muscle tightness may be associated with physical or emotional stress.

Treating occipital neuralgia

  • Chin Tucks
  • Ice or Heat Therapy
  • NSAIDs
  • Neck Massage

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