As an occasional sufferer of occipital neuralgia, I can speak intimately on how this condition presents, and what treatments have been effective for me in managing attacks. Being a chiropractor in our Beaverton clinic, I favor non-pharmacological therapies, including self-myofascial release, acupuncture, and chiropractic manipulation.
Occipital neuralgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head and behind the eyes. These areas correspond to the locations of the lesser and greater occipital nerves. Wrapped around the greater occipital nerve is the occipital artery, which can contribute to the neuralgia. The condition is also sometimes characterized by diminished sensation in the affected area.