Headaches are extremely common no matter where one lives around the globe. In the USA, it is estimated that 12 people out of every 100 suffer from migraine headaches. There are a number of different headache conditions, each with its own symptoms. Doctors have now begun to put headaches and occipital neuralgia in two different categories as occipital neuralgia is known for:
- Pain on one or both sides of the head
- A tender scalp
- Pain behind the eyes
- Neck pain
- Aching, burning, or throbbing from the base of the skull up to the back of the head
- Piercing, sharp, or shock-like pain in the upper neck and back of the head
So when it comes to occipital neuralgia, the headache is more of a symptom of a larger condition (and the same is true for migraines).
Why Does Occipital Neuralgia Happen and What Can Be Done?
It has been determined that occipital neuralgia is linked to the nerves that come from the base of the skull and neck. If these nerves become compressed or irritated, it can cause this condition. Medical doctors will often recommend invasive procedures to reduce inflammation and offer temporary relief. However, many are looking for an alternative, natural way to cope with their headaches.
Here at Solara Health, we use a different approach that focuses on the top two bones of the neck. If either of these is misaligned, they can be the cause of headaches. A misalignment in this area of the neck not only irritates the nerves but puts undue pressure on the brainstem leading to a number of serious health problems. Using a gentle Calgary upper cervical chiropractic method, we are able to help the bones of the neck realign on their own. In only one or two adjustments, many patients in case studies have reported a dramatic decrease in headache symptoms. Some see them go away completely.
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