A Pinched Nerve in Your Neck Can Cause Headaches!

Pinched Nerve in Your Neck = Headache?Woman with pinched nerve in neck with a headache

Did you know that a pinched nerve in your neck may be the villain behind your headache?

A pinched nerve is no joke. Such an injury can be incapacitating, and it should be treated as soon as possible. The longer you go without treatment, the higher risk of making your symptoms worse.

So how do you tell if you have a pinched nerve in your neck that’s causing your headaches? Consider the following causes and symptoms.

Causes + Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

Common causes of a pinched nerve in your neck or jaw include a bulging disc, blunt-force trauma, frequent jaw-clenching and stress, bad posture and repetitious movements at work or playing sports to name a few.

If you suspect that a pinched nerve is the culprit, there are a handful of tell-tale symptoms to look for, including:

  • Pain radiating from the back of the beck to the forehead
  • Tenderness in your neck
  • Pain in the arm and / or shoulder
  • Pain when moving your neck
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness and tingling in your hands

Chiropractors Can Decompress Your Nerves

As musculoskeletal specialists, Chiropractors can help decompress pinched nerves and restore function within your body.

For your pinched nerve, a treatment plan may include one or a combination of any of the following treatment techniques:

The methods above are non-invasive and drug-free, and often work in unison for better results.

A Word on Pinched Nerves…

John Battershill Revelation Health Centre Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic


The most common form of headaches I see in patients on a daily basis are a result of nerve compression in the cervical spine (your neck).

Very few Chiropractors look at the jaw when patients come in with neck pain and / or headaches.

If a patient clinches their teeth as a result of stress and the fight or flight mechanism in your body, then the clenching of the teeth weakens one or two of the major muscles that holds the head on the neck and the neck on the shoulders.

This is happening in combination with nerve compression in the upper neck and can result in an imbalance in the muscles.

So, if one major neck muscle is tight and the other side is turned off and elongates / stretches because of jaw clenching and neck nerve compression, then the skull sitting on top of the neck compresses on one side and stretches on the other.  This causes headaches.

TMJ / TMD Syndrome can also cause extremely painful headaches. Fortunately there are alternative treatment options for TMJ within the Chiropactic field as well.

If you’re suffering from headaches, I encourage you to call your local Chiropractor and see if they are able to help!


– Dr. John Battershill, D.C.

Chiropractic Care + Nerve Compression & Headaches

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