Occipital neuralgia is a condition that causes chronic, throbbing pain in the back of the head, behind the eyes and in the upper neck. The condition is often misdiagnosed as simple tension headaches or migraines, leading people to attempt treatments with little success. Until the condition is correctly diagnosed, it is extremely difficult to relieve the pain and causes many to suffer needlessly. A convenient treatment option for persistent occipital neuralgia pain and mild pain is self-massage.
Common Symptoms of Occipital Neuralgia
The most obvious symptom of occipital neuralgia is pain. This pain is hard to get rid of with over the counter pain relievers, although some do find a marginal degree of success. The pain tends to begin in the upper neck area and radiates over the back, side and top of the head to the eyebrows and often behind the eyes. It is described as a cycle of pain that begins with a spasm followed by pain and then another spasm. Most sufferers describe it as a throbbing, constant pain that they can find little relief from.
Those who suffer from occipital neuralgia report sensitivity to light both during bouts of pain and between them. Sometimes the light is a trigger for headaches, although generally, there isn’t a trigger. The headaches are random and long-lasting.
Occipital neuralgia affects the nerves and makes them inflamed and sensitive. This means even the scalp can be more sensitive, and something as simple as hair brushing can cause someone with this condition pain.
Possible Causes of Occipital Neuralgia
Many things could cause or contribute to occipital neuralgia. Almost all of the time, the condition is caused by an injury or the inflammation of the occipital nerves. This injury can be caused by a blow to the back of the head or any other sort of trauma, and the development of this condition is pretty common in whiplash patients.
Occipital neuralgia may also be triggered by overly tight neck muscles or nerve compression caused by osteoarthritis or even tumors (very, very rare) localized in and around the area. Occipital neuralgia may also result from inflammation or infection. Patients with gout, diabetes or vasculitis may also have a higher instance of developing this condition. Text neck symptoms can also lead to this condition.
Stress on the occipital nerves can also contribute to this debilitating condition. People who often have their heads down or forward are likely to have more pressure on those nerves and are at a high risk of developing this condition.
On-demand massage makes a massive difference
✅ OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA
✅ RELIEVING NECK / SHOULDER PAIN
✅ TENSION HEADACHES
✅ CAN BE USED ALL OVER THE BODY
✅ PERFECT THERAPY BEFORE SLEEP
Treating Occipital Neuralgia At Home
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Occipital Neuralgia responds very well to self-massage, and that’s something you can administer and control yourself with an inexpensive massager; we’ve narrowed our massagers down to just two, which are;
- Neck Massager With Arm Slings
This is our go-to massager for rapid occipital neuralgia relief, it’s the closest we’ve found to feeling almost human. The 8 massage nodes change direction every minute to spread the massage effect and the heat function is a really nice touch to promote blood circulation. This neck massager really helps to soothe occipital neuralgia pain by relieving muscle tension in your neck and shoulders, it can also be used on the upper & lower back, waist, legs and feet. The arm slings enable you to relax into the massage by releasing your shoulders, which in turn relaxes your trapezius and upwards.
One handy tip for getting a great release from occipital neuralgia pain is to gently rotate your head whilst using the massager, that slight stretch of the neck muscles combined with the shiatsu massage can feel like heaven when you’re in agony. We can’t recommend this type of massager highly enough for finding relief from occipital neuralgia at home.
- Cordless Multi-functional Massager
When we first bought this type of massager it wasn’t rechargeable, wireless or portable. Now it is… and it makes a huge difference not needing (or kneading) to be near a power outlet. This multi-functional massager delivers a whopping 2+ hour cordless massage at full charge. Like the above massager, it also changes direction every minute and can deliver heat if required. It’s very quiet, powerful and small enough to be used on every part of the body.
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✅ OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA
✅ NECK / SHOULDER PAIN
✅ TENSION HEADACHES
✅ PERFECT FOR SIDE-SLEEPERS
✅ NON-ALLERGENIC / NON-TOXIC
Use massage consistently for occipital head pain relief
If you’re looking for pain relief, the number one advantage of having a massager at home is that you can use it every day to prevent your neck muscles from becoming tense and tight which does an excellent job at keeping occipital neuralgia episodes at bay.
Do you use a massager at home to manage your occipital neuralgia pain? We’d love to hear your comments below if you have successfully managed your symptoms of with daily massage.
REF: Massaging over the greater occipital nerve reduces the intensity of migraine attacks:
evidence for inhibitory trigemino-cervical convergence mechanisms
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