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Will deep tissue massage/myofascial release work on the occipital region, neck and shoulder help heal or worsen occipital neuralgia ?

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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Help

The greater occipital nerves run in between the neck muscles and ligaments.
Muscle relaxation should help minimize pressure on the nerve.

In brief: Help

The greater occipital nerves run in between the neck muscles and ligaments.
Muscle relaxation should help minimize pressure on the nerve.
Dr. Soren Singel
Dr. Soren Singel
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Dr. Mark Khorsandi
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Help in short term

Massage / myofascial release does help in short term. Fascia is the tight tissues surrounding the muscles which is often implicated.
The greater occipital nerve is typically compressed within muscle and fascia causing pain. The release is a temporary relaxation of the tissues causing nerve compression. The duration of relief is variable and depends on many factors.

In brief: Help in short term

Massage / myofascial release does help in short term. Fascia is the tight tissues surrounding the muscles which is often implicated.
The greater occipital nerve is typically compressed within muscle and fascia causing pain. The release is a temporary relaxation of the tissues causing nerve compression. The duration of relief is variable and depends on many factors.
Dr. Mark Khorsandi
Dr. Mark Khorsandi
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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Either

May go either way.
No harm in trying it. If worsens, wait a day, try it a second time. If again worse, you can stop. But if the following day better, you have found a simple solution. Would consider taking an anti-inflammatory medicine too as long as your kidney fine, no high blood pressure, or allergic. Judge massage effect next day. Drink water after massage.

In brief: Either

May go either way.
No harm in trying it. If worsens, wait a day, try it a second time. If again worse, you can stop. But if the following day better, you have found a simple solution. Would consider taking an anti-inflammatory medicine too as long as your kidney fine, no high blood pressure, or allergic. Judge massage effect next day. Drink water after massage.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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