Trigeminal neuralgia is a very serious and very painful condition. Upper cervical chiropractic care may be able to help.
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Hey, it’s Dr. Troy here. The Vancouver chiropractor at the Zenaptic Chiropractic. I’ve been in practice over 24 years.
Recently I had a question asked, can chiropractic help with trigeminal neuralgia?
So, a lot of patience might get diagnosed with that. It’s a very serious, very painful condition. The answer is in many cases chiropractic may be able to provide correction and relief from the symptoms related to trigeminal neuralgia.
What is trigeminal neuralgia?
On your face there are three nerves, it’s called the trigeminal nerve; there’s an upper, middle and lower branch. They innervate the lower jaw, the cheek, and the upper forehead.
Now, the fibers that come off, come off right here at the upper cervical area right here where the skull and the Atlas, there’s the Atlas that’s the first bone, so the skulls going to sit on top of this. Now, there are fibers right on the brain-stem hear that innervate the trigeminal nerve.
What we found with upper cervical chiropractic care is, if this vertebra, the first bone, the Atlas, misaligns it can put pressure and stress on the spinal cord and irritate the fibers that go into the trigeminal nerve.
It’s a very painful condition. Dentists have a hard time figuring it out, medics have a hard time figuring it out; you know they’re only solution is pain meds and surgery. You can google trigeminal neuralgia surgery and look how horrific some of the surgical pictures are and many of these people still don’t get relief.
So, there’s potential hope there that if that Atlas, the upper cervical vertebra is out of alignment you can be irritating those nerves which could prove to be producing these symptoms and a very simple procedure called an upper cervical adjustment can be applied to help balance and correct the nerve flow and take the pressure and stress off.
The upper cervical, the Atlas adjustment is very light there’s not a lot of thrusting like you hear, there’s no cracking there’s no napalming of the spine. Sometimes we use hands, sometimes we may use an instrument like this thing called the activator, there’s other different instruments as well. This is going to put pressure right on the Atlas and we just help realign that vertebra. The Atlas actually works better correction wise if you use less force.
The whole goal is to get the skull, the first bone, and the second bone lined up to get maximum airflow and maximum blood flow. There are many reports of people who have had trigeminal neuralgia be corrected through upper cervical chiropractic care.
So if you’re suffering, you know somebody suffering, consultations are always free in our office to determine if chiropractic is right for you. Just give us a call at (360) 260-6903.
This is Dr. Troy hoping to help you if you have trigeminal neuralgia.