SUB OCCIPITAL HEADACHES
A good organic latex pillow
can help relieve your sub occipital headaches. Like any other part of your body, your head and neck are supported by muscles. The muscles that support these specific areas are called sub occipital muscles, which are composed of four specific muscles situated at the base of the skull, behind the neck. The said muscles also connect your skull to the upper two vertebrae of the cervical spine. With the help of sub occipital muscles, you can turn and tilt your head. Sub occipital pain is characterized by pain that is deep inside your head. It is also known as ghost pain because it is pain that is hard to define and difficult to locate. The pain usually manifests from the back of your head to your eye.
Symptoms and Causes
Here are the symptoms to look for if you think you have sub occipital headaches or pain:
- Painless stiff neck
- Migraine type of pain
- Deep pain in the head
Sub occipital headaches are often caused by the following:
- Emotional tension
- Holding your phone between your ear and your shoulder
- Moving your head frequently
- Nerve irritation
- Injury to the back of your head
- Injury to the neck area
- Recurrent tightness of the sub occipital muscles.
- Cervical spine arthritis
- Propping your head on your hands and lying on your stomach when you watch TV
- Uncommon causes are: inflammation of surrounding blood vessels, diabetes, and infections.
Aside from your sub occipital muscles, the longus capitis, levator scapulae, trapezius, longus colli, and sternocleidomastoid muscles also need to be checked.
An Organic Latex Pillow Can Help
You can relieve sub occipital headaches by undergoing physical therapy, taking OTC NSAIDs, stretching, and applying cold compress on the affected area. You can also undergo cold laser and electric stimulation treatments. The expected outcome of these treatments is to reduce the intensity of the spasms that occur in the trapezius and sub occipital muscles. Good posture while standing, sitting, or lying down is recommended so that additional spasms or injury to the upper back and the trapezius muscles can be prevented. As you know, sleep is needed to recuperate from any pain or injury. This is where proper pillow comes in.
Make sure you use the right pillow with effective upper back, neck, and head support. Choosing the ideal organic latex pillow
can help alleviate sub occipital headaches and even prevent them from recurring.