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A Natural Solution for Occipital Neuralgia

What is Occipital Neuralgia?

Occipital neuralgia is a condition that affects the nerves that run from the top of the spinal cord up through the scalp, the occipital nerves. Occipital neuralgia occurs when these nerves become inflamed or injured. What are the most common symptoms? 

  • Pain when moving the neck

  • Pain behind the eye

  • Pain on the side(s) of the head

  • Sensitivity to light and sound

  • Aching, throbbing, burning or stabbing pains that start at the base of the head and radiate up the scalp.

Because the symptoms are similar to migraine symptoms, occipital neuralgia can sometimes be misdiagnosed. 

How do the occipital nerves become inflamed or injured in the first place? Often the culprit is a whiplash-type trauma, such as a car accident, sports injury or any other jolting trauma that can result in a neck injury. Sometimes, the injury happens weeks, months or even years before the pain of occipital neuralgia sets in, which can also make getting an accurate diagnosis difficult. 

The fact is, even "hidden injuries" to the cervical spine can result in chronic health issues. When the neck and head are subjected to trauma and injury, micro tears to the soft tissue and ligaments that support the joints can occur, joints become unstable and resulting muscle spasms, structural adaptation and misalignments cause irritation to the central nervous system. And when your occipital nerves are inflamed or irritated, severe pain in the neck and head area are sure to ensue. 

A Natural Way to Alleviate the Pain

Most medical doctors recommend strong painkillers and seizure medication. Unfortunately, this solution doesn't help the initial injury to heal. In addition, strong painkillers and opioids come with a long list of unwanted side effects. A much better solution is to correct the source of the problem instead of simply masking the symptoms. 

Atlas orthogonal is a chiropractic technique that does just that. First, digital x-rays tell us the degree and exact location of the misalignment. Using these precise and personalized details, we use a precision adjusting instrument to push the atlas (the first bone in your spine) back into alignment, which straightens up the rest of your spine, correcting misalignments and allowing the nervous system to get back to work. Your body's natural ability to heal itself is restored naturally, with no need for drugs or surgery. 

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If you think you could benefit from the atlas orthogonal chiropractic technique, don't hesitate to call us and ask to set up a free consultation. We'd be happy to speak with you about how atlas orthogonal can help you reach optimal health and well-being.

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