How Does It Cause So Much Pain?
The base of the skull is a very dense and complex region filled with joints, nerves, blood vessels,
and a multitude of muscles, both large and small. All of this to support your head, and most importantly,
your brain! With so much going on, it’s easy to see why a misalignment can cause problems—like a truck tipped
over in Manhattan traffic.
When the vertebrae aren’t in position, they can directly or indirectly rub up against the nerves,
especially the occipital nerve (to your eye). According to the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the pain caused by occipital nerve irritation starts at the
base of the neck and spreads up to the scalp. Sometimes, the pain can be felt at the scalp,
forehead, and behind the eyes.