Five ways physical therapists can help the pain in the lower part of the back of your head

Pain in Lower Back of Head

If you suffer from pain in the lower back of your head, you shouldn’t ignore it. Over time, this pain can be worsened by ignoring it. However, that depends on the cause of your pain. The first step is determining the cause of your pain. Usually this kind of pain is caused by a condition that can be treated with physical therapy. 

Do you experience pain in the lower back of your head? If you do, then physical therapy may be an effective option for managing your symptoms and even treating the cause of your pain.

What could be causing pain in the lower back of your head?

There are a few conditions that commonly cause head pain: 

  • Occipital neuralgia — One condition that could cause pain in the lower back of the head is occipital neuralgia. This occurs when the occipital nerves that run from the top of the spine to your head are compressed. If you experience a throbbing pain from your scalp to your neck, you may be suffering from occipital neuralgia. It can also occur after an injury if you have pinched the nerve. 
  • Tension headaches One of the most widespread conditions is a tension headache. If you are experiencing emotional stress, suffer from lack of water or sleep, or even just have poor posture, then you are liable to get a tension headache. 
  • Migraines — Headaches are distinct from migraines. Unlike headaches, migraines are usually accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound. They can also cause nausea and vomiting.  

Five ways physical therapy can help 

If you believe your pain in the lower back of the head is caused by any of these conditions, or something else, then physical therapy may be your next step toward relief. Here are five treatment goals of physical therapy for this kind of pain:

  1. Provide immediate relief for pain with methods like manual therapy.
  2. Reduce your neck stiffness or tension that may contribute to your discomfort.
  3. Help improve posture that may be contributing to head pain.
  4. Demonstrate exercises that can strengthen the neck and ease headaches and tension. 
  5. Develop personalized approaches for preventing future pain.

Border Therapy Services is ready to help relieve your head pain today

Tension in your neck and head can make you just want to shut down for the day. Our team at Border Therapy Services has years of experience in treating headaches and neck pain. We are ready to develop a personalized treatment plan that targets the cause of your pain. 

Contact our team today for more information about physical therapy for pain in the lower back of the head or to schedule an initial appointment.