Patients who experience a pinching pain in the back of the head are often diagnosed with nerve compression related to an injury or condition in the neck. This type of pain is often called occipital neuralgia, named after the occipital nerves that transmit sensory information from the upper spine to the back of the head. In addition to pinching sensations, patients often experience tenderness and numbness on the back of the head and scalp.
Physical therapy for this type of pain can be a highly effective form of treatment that can help you better understand the causes and actively take steps to prevent it. At Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, we believe patient education is an important part of the treatment process, which is why we’re sharing the following overview. We welcome your questions and ask you to reach out to us if you’d like more information.
Physical therapy for pinching pain in the back of the head
The very first step in any physical therapy program will be to determine the underlying physical causes of your head pain and any related neck pain. To do this, your therapist will ask questions about your treatment history and daily activities and will also examine your posture and head movements. A hands-on examination to detect painful or tender areas may also be performed. With this important information, your therapist can be better equipped to create a customized treatment plan designed to relieve your specific symptoms.
Some of the most effective techniques for relieving and preventing sharp pain in the back of the head include:
- Targeted stretches and exercises to strengthen the neck and increase range of motion
- Posture training to lengthen the upper spine and relieve pressure on nerves and other anatomy
- Manual therapies, such as active release technique, that are designed to loosen up tight muscles that may be constricting the back of the head
- Education on lifestyle changes and ergonomic adjustments that can be made to improve functioning of the neck and head
Physical therapy success depends on a good relationship between the therapist and patient. By selecting the right therapist, you can give yourself the best chance of achieving a positive treatment outcome.
Patient-centered care at Arrow
At our clinics in Union, Edison, Springfield and Woodbridge, New Jersey, the entire Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation team is committed to helping patients find lasting relief and a return to a better quality of life. You can expect one-on-one care and a highly individualized treatment plan from a licensed and experienced therapist.
Neck and head pain can be a drain on your overall wellness, but it can be successfully overcome. Contact us today to get started by scheduling your initial appointment.