Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal or 5th cranial nerve, which is one of the most widely distributed nerves in the head. This condition causes severe and sudden burning or shock-like facial pain that can last anywhere from a few seconds to as long as two minutes. Attacks occur repeatedly over a two-hour or less period. You may have one episode or hundreds per day.
Describing your pain to a friend or family member who has never experienced it can be frustrating. Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare condition, but if you have it, you are not alone. As many as 15,000 cases are diagnosed each year. Women get it twice as often as men. It is known for:
- One-sided face pain (5 times more often on the right than the left)
- Grimacing, wincing, or moving the head during an attack
- Lancing pain that is severe
- Episodes last approximately less than 20 seconds
Many patients are looking for medication-free, non-invasive options to care for their trigeminal neuralgia. Does this exist, and does it really work?
Trigeminal Neuralgia Corrected by Proper Spinal Alignment
A 14-year-old girl complained of excruciating, intermittent left-sided facial pain below her eye and radiating into her jaw. She was examined and found to have a misalignment in her neck. An upper cervical chiropractor gave her just one adjustment, and her pain went away. One year later, she still had no return of her symptoms.
A misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine can put pressure on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. If the brain receives signals that there is facial pain when there is none, trigeminal neuralgia can ensue.
Here at Synergy Chiropractic in Anchorage, Alaska, we use a gentle method that encourages the neck bones to move back into their original position. This does not require us to pop or crack the spine. Rather, it is a more natural approach resulting in a long-lasting adjustment. Many of our patients report similar results to those in the above-mentioned study.
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