Headache: Back of Head or Occiput

There are headaches that can be present for a wide variety of reasons.  The location of the headache can often tell your health care practitioner something more about the nature of your particular type of headache.  Headaches in back of head are often a sign that you are experiencing neck tension or dysfunction.  This is a very common area to experience a headache, but still needs to be evaluated to ensure that you are not suffering from some other sort of condition or problem that mimics a headache.  There are various physiological disturbances that can lead to a wide variety of headache symptoms.

If you’re suffering with a more recent headache that you can attribute to some common mechanism of injury; like a recent fall, accident or prolonged physical strain of your neck or back, than the reason can seem more obvious.  However, there are also more chronic conditions or people who suffer with headaches everyday and, for them, this type of pain can be more indicative of a larger problem that needs to be addressed either biochemically, nutritionally or even emotionally.

It is a well accepted notion that stress can bring on a variety of headaches.  Tension headaches are just one of the more common and popular forms of headache that you are likely familiar with. If you have headache back of head or occipital pain, this may be the type of headache you are experiencing.  The thing is, just because there is a more formal or medical term for what type or the location of your headache, doesn’t mean that it is more well understood in terms of causation.

This is why it is important to have a work up to determine the greater nature of your pain.  There are common triggers and other factors that are more detailed regarding other types of pain, like migranes.  These are characterized by pain that is very debilitating, disrupting normal life activities and functions.  Migraine symptoms include things like sensitivity to light, sound, feelings of nausea and possibly even vomiting.  Additionally, migraine sufferers often experience an aura that is a set of experiences and sensations that occur prior to the onset of a migraine.  Visual disturbances, blurred vision, partial paralysis of a limb and extreme fatigue are also common symptoms of a migraine headache.

There are also headaches that can be caused by certain medications.  Other triggers or migraine causes include certain dietary factors (alcohol, chocolate, refined meats, aged cheeses, artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers), physical causes (exercise, loud noises, bright lights, accidents) and emotional stresses.  Bending forward can also exacerbate a migraine headache, but this also a common sinus headache symptom, so one must know the other triggers and factors.

Headaches in Back of Head

To get back to the topic of this article, specifically, this type of pain in the back of the head can be indicative of a cervical spinal dysfunction or distortion. This is a fancy way of saying that your neck pain is creating or contributing to your headache.  Referred pain to the head and scalp areas are common also with trigger points, or localized muscle spasms in the muscles of the upper back and neck regions.

Treatment for these types of conditions are best handled by health care providers who deal with the structure of the body in a physical way.  That is to say, doctors of chiropractic, osteopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths and similar practitioners are likely to more directly affect the physical structures underlying your headache pain.  Migraine medications and similar drug therapies are not likely to help you if your underlying cause has to do with spinal distortions and nerve system disturbance or dysfunction.

As a chiropractor Gilbert AZ is a great location to serve people in various parts of the East Valley.  If you suffer with headache back of head, neck, occipital headaches, cervicalgia or have been diagnosed with other conditions, contact us today to see if we can help you.


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