Occipital Neuralgia is inflammation of the nerves that give you sensation in the back of the head and cause you to experience headaches and other types of pain. These nerves can get irritated, usually because of an imbalance around the head/neck, upper back, shoulder, shoulder blade.
Tensioning in the muscles around the head and neck causes the muscles to squeeze on the nerves, which can cause burning, irritation and/or sharp shooting pain in the back of the head. It can also trigger headaches, vision changes or other issues.
A fall, car accident, sports accident, concussion or anything that gives you a whiplash or far of the head. This can trigger a lot of tensioning and compression around these nerves and the musculature, which can lead to occipital neuralgia headaches.
The alignment of your posture affects how your muscles work. If you’ve had an injury, particularly to your shoulder, neck or back, those muscles will compensate accordingly. Even alignment issues all the way into your pelvis can affect the muscles of your neck. This compensation can cause tensioning in your head and neck, which can lead to Occipital Neuralgia.
Stress can cause tensioning in the musculature around the head and neck, and trigger off headaches.
You should have this evaluated and treated by someone who understands how the body is integrated together. The musculature and fascia around the joints should be treated, as well as the joints, such as the head, neck, shoulder and shoulder blade, surrounding it as well.
The joints and muscles have been compensating for the tensioning and need to be reeducated, otherwise they will create a continuous irritation, either on the nerves or muscles.
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