Occipital Neuralgia Exercises, Stretches for Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital Neuralgia Exercises, Stretches for Occipital Neuralgia

Is occipital neuralgia bothering the base of your scull and behind your eyes? 

Well, watch this video to learn more. Subscribe to my channel and go ahead and click that button so, that you get notified when our videos come out. It would be awesome if you did that.

Why is occipital neuralgia causing so much pain and so much dysfunction in my life? Well at the end of this video, you’ll have the essential stretch that no one is talking about and the number one exercise to improve occipital neuralgia and the symptoms that it’s causing. I’ve had hundreds of patients’ over the two decade long career of a physical therapist and I look forward to helping you as well.

So, why is occipital neuralgia causing so much pain in my life?

Well, let me explain.

Occipital neuralgia, it’s a nerve that comes out at the base of your scull, beneath your scull and above your first cervical vertebra. So, there’s seven cervical vertebra and the very first one, it’s between that first one and the scull.

And when that nerve comes out, it basically gets compressed. And when that nerve gets compressed, the nerve goes up and over your head to the back of your eye. So, you end up getting pane and symptoms in the base of your scull that then go up and over to behind your eye.

It can be on one side, it can be on both sides. Now basically, why that happening is because of compression of the nerve as it’s coming out right at that space. And more commonly than not, it’s a positional fault by your head being forward, okay?

So, I’m gonna turn to the side a little bit. By the head being forward, it’s causing compression on that nerve. And what that’s doing is its causing tightness… Or let me rephrase, there’s tightness here causing the head to come forward and that’s a part of the problem. So, let’s work on that.

So, the first thing we’re gonna do is two stretches for the front of the neck. Most people focus on the back of the neck which is important but I like to focus on the front of the neck where the head is getting pulled forward.

So, there is a muscle here called the platysma. Ah, it’s a funny word, platysma. It’s from the collarbones up to the jaw and underneath it, the scalenes. And the scalenes are going from the ribs, up to the vertebra and your cervical spine.

So, what we’re gonna do is you’re gonna use your hand. You’re gonna put it right underneath your collarbone, okay? As you put your hand underneath your collarbone, I’m gonna use my other hand to give a little force down towards the floor.

There’s some force into my body this way and down towards the floor. And as I do that, I’m gonna take my neck and look over then to the corner. And I feel the stretch all through here and take several deep breaths there. Inhaling and exhaling.

To repeat on the opposite side, put the hand right under the collarbone. Hold down, in and down with the other hand and we’re looking up in over that shoulder. And for me, my right one is a little tighter.

And I will take four or five deep breaths into that position. I’d have you take four or five deep breaths into that position. So that’s the stretch, okay? We’re stretching the front of the neck on the side. The scalene and the platysma.

The next thing we’re gonna talk about is called the chin tuck. Now, the chin tuck is an exercise and I’m gonna show you from the side.

Now as your head is forward like that, and it’s compressing that nerve. By doing a chin tuck, you’re bringing your chin back into your throat. But you’re also thinking of this length of your head up to relieve pressure off of that space. So, you go back and up. Chin tuck. Back, and the head is going up.

So, I like to put my hand here and take it going back towards this way but also pushing my hand towards the sealing. Pushing my hand towards the sealing. And that’s the chin tuck, to open that space where the occipital neuralgia is bothering you.

So, I want you to comment below and let me know how this video has helped you. Which of these specific things was the most helpful?

Now, I want you to click on my website and download the free report on headache and neck pain. You can find that at: https://therapyandpilates.com/headaches/

Guys, I wanna thank you for watching my video today. I hope there was uh… You got some value… And this stretch and this exercise to help improve your occipital neuralgia.

If you need more information and you like to reach out and schedule an appointment with us at CORE Therapy & Pilates, give us a call at 512-215-4227.

Stephen Dunn

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