Occipital Neuralgia

Symptoms by body part:

Occipital region (Base of Skull)
Headache Pain

A common form of headache that is characterized by pain at the upper part of the neck and base of the skull.  It involves the two greater occipital nerves that can be compressed as they exit the suboccipital region.  It is often due to restrictions between the Occiput, C1 (Atlas) and C2 (axis) articulations that cause inflammation and muscle tension that irritate the nerves of that region.  The Greater Occipital Nerves transmit most of the sensation felt at the back and top of the head.  Causes of Occipital Neuralgia can be from segmental restriction, trauma, improper sleeping positions, posture and arthritis as some of the more common culprits.  It is often involved in other types of headaches and migraines as a concomitant symptom.  

Common Symptoms:

  • Pain at the upper part of the neck and base of the skull
  • Pain that starts at the base fo the skull and travels up the posterior portions of the scalp
  • Reduced Range of Motion of the Neck
  • Muscle tension
  • Can progress into other forms of Headaches or Migraines
  • Fatigue


Chiropractic Neurology works extremely well in the alleviation of Occipital Neuralgia as we are able to directly treat the condition via biomechanical treatment, postural rehab and muscle strengthening.  This reduces compression on the greater occipital nerves and thus improves headache pain.