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Sub occipital are a group of muscles on each side of the back of the neck just below the base of the skull.
Sub occipital headaches are a dull pain which can extend from the back of the neck up the side of the head to the back of the eyes and include symptoms of:
- Dull, constant headache that lasts throughout the day and may continue for numerous days.
- Creates problems with concentration.
- Less noticeable when you are active or busy
- May have light-headedness or dizziness in some cases.
What Cause Sub-Occipital Headaches?
The sub occipital muscles control the turning and tilting of your head. These headaches are often caused:
- The position in which you sleep and the height of your pillow.
- Using your shoulder to hold a phone to your ear.
- Laying on your stomach with your arms holding your head up.
- They can also be caused by trauma such as hits to the head, car accidents and falling onto hard floors.
How Think Chiropractic Can Help?
- Sub-occipital headaches are hard to relieve on your own but sometimes hydration and medication can help.
- Being active and keeping busy help reduce the dull headache.
If Left Untreated
- If left untreated, sub-occipital headaches become more frequent and last longer. Sometimes 4-6 days at a time. They are a constant pain lasting all day.
- Other problems may include pain during neck rotation, or strong pulling muscular pain under the base of the skull.