Pressure and stress, tension, or stretching on the nerves can cause neuralgia type pain or occipital neuralgia. It is a very painful condition that can be helped with chiropractic care.
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Hey, it’s Dr. Troy here. The Vancouver chiropractor.
I want to talk about Occipital Neuralgia.
“What the heck does that mean?” people ask me. Have you ever even heard of it?
Well, some people have been diagnosed with it have heard of it, because it can be a very painful condition. Usually, we are going to see pain at the occiput. So occipital means occiput and neuralgia, these yellow things are nerves, so neuralgia means nerve pain.
If you have got occipital neuralgia, some people would say a headache, maybe even migraine. But here’s the deal, if the upper bones in your spine get out of alignment, they are going to pressure and stress, or tension, or stretch on these nerves and you can get neuralgia type pain or occipital neuralgia. And the only way to know if chiropractic is right is to go to a chiropractor, get checked.
The medical approach typically is going to be to take medication, maybe we do some injections in there, maybe there is surgery that could be recommended. But if the bones are misaligned, that’s a very easy correction process to do. That’s why we always encourage people to get checked first.
A lot of this can come from trauma or sleeping wrong. And when we talk trauma, we’re talking macro traumas, big traumas, falls, you hit your head, somebody hit you in the back of the head, you’re in a car accident.
Then we have these repetitive traumas where you are looking down all day at a computer using a mouse, you work at Costco and you are checking beep, beep, beep all day. You are using your arms and you are putting a lot of stress and tension.
Then another thing nowadays is texting neck. Everybody’s looking down they’re texting on their electronic device. It puts a tremendous amount of stress on the upper cervical area. There’s a lot of muscle activity here, there a lot of neurological activity.
So occipital neuralgia is a sign that something’s being disturbed in the nerve system somewhere. So, let’s take a look, let’s see if there is misalignment which could be causing this problem and if it is chiropractic may be right for you.
(360) 260-6903 is our office number. Give us a call, we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation to see if we can help you with your occipital neuralgia.
We’re here at Zenaptic Chiropractic in Vancouver, Washington.