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"Oh, My Aching Occipital!"

“Oh, My Aching Occipital!”

More common in women, headaches originating from the base of the skull are known as occipital headaches.

More common in women, headaches originating from the base of the skull are known as occipital headaches.

The occipital bone is found at the lower part of your skull, at the back of your head. Patients will often come in to our office with a specific type of headache, which is known as an occipital headache. This is really a “base of the skull nerve” headache!

What are the causes of an occipital headache? Usually they appear due to a whiplash injury, a fall or some other type of trauma to that area of the head. Because of the trauma, the occipital nerves may become compressed, inflamed or trapped by the muscles that they pass through. Which results in muscle spasms and pain that travels along the occipital nerve.

The pain seems to start in the upper neck and radiates to the back, top, front and sides of the head and often into the area directly behind the eyes.

As with many types of headaches, occipital headaches tend to affect women more than men. Chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency of the headaches. In one study, there were 332 participants who received an average of 8.6 chiropractic treatments. An impressive 80% of the participants reported almost 100% improvement in their headaches!

If you or someone you know may be experiencing headaches, please contact our office to schedule a visit. We have had a great rate of success in working with patients who experience regular headache pain, and we strive to see our patients reclaim their lives, leaving behind their headaches and the medications they had been using just to survive!

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