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Can a Chiropractor Help Occipital Neuralgia?

Occipital neuralgia is a condition characterized by intense, short pain in the head and neck. Chiropractic care can help to treat occipital neuralgia by aligning the spine and relieving irritation and inflammation of nerves.
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When you have a chronic pain issue that’s related to your spine, it’s common to want to know if chiropractic treatment can help. Occipital neuralgia is one condition that might have you looking for pain relief from a range of solutions. If you want a natural way of gaining relief from the pain that the condition causes, you might be turning to chiropractic to see if you can find answers. But can a chiropractor help you with occipital neuralgia? Can chiropractic care help to relieve the pain and perhaps even treat the cause?

 

What Is Occipital Neuralgia?

 

Occipital neuralgia is a rare condition that causes intense but brief pain in the neck and head. Often grouped together with headache disorders, it involves pain that starts at the top of the neck and spreads through the scalp. The pain may last a few seconds or potentially a couple of minutes but doesn’t last as long as a migraine. It comes on suddenly and can also come with longer-lasting, dull headache pain. Light sensitivity and sensitivity to touch are also common symptoms.

Occipital neuralgia is caused when one or more of the three occipital nerve roots, located at the top of your spinal cord, are inflamed. Usually, the greater occipital nerve, the largest one, is the one affected. This inflammation or irritation could be caused by a neck injury, muscle tightness, infection, blood vessel inflammation, and a variety of other issues.

 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Occipital Neuralgia

 

Irritation and inflammation of the occipital nerves can be caused by misalignment in the spine. Chiropractors can help to correct spinal misalignments by gently manipulating the spine. These manipulations can help with any type of headache pain. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, natural way to treat occipital neuralgia, whether on its own or combined with other treatments.

Some people might use painkiller medications such as NSAIDS or injection of a steroid around the nerve root to treat occipital neuralgia. However, many people want an alternative option to medication, especially if they are using painkillers regularly. Chiropractic care offers an alternative that makes it possible to get to the root cause of the occipital neuralgia. Chiropractic adjustments help to relieve the irritation of the occipital nerves to reduce the pain that can occur from the problem. A chiropractor will assess the needs of the patient and work out the best treatment program to suit them.

 

Chiropractic Care at Vida Integrated Health

 

At Vida Integrated Health, our chiropractors provide functional treatment options to promote recovery. If you are dealing with occipital neuralgia, a series of chiropractic adjustments could be the solution that helps you to relieve the pain and discomfort long term. Our chiropractors use a range of techniques to regulate your musculoskeletal system and nervous system. You can achieve long-lasting pain relief from a series of chiropractic adjustments over a short time.

To find out more about how chiropractic care from Vida can help occipital neuralgia, get in touch to discuss your needs or schedule a consultation.

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