People that have trigeminal neuralgia may feel like very few understand what they are really going through. Some have described it as a silent disease. Unless a person has experienced it, it can be very hard to really comprehend the level of agony this condition can cause.
Simple things that most people take for granted can trigger an attack of severe facial pain in those with trigeminal neuralgia. They must be cautious when doing any of the following:
- Something as common as smiling
- Sleeping on the side of your face that you have the pain
- Oral care
- Chewing food or gum
Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Help?
A possible cause of this pain can be coming from a misalignment in the uppermost bones of the neck. The top bone is called the atlas bone. The atlas can put undue pressure on the spinal cord if it moves out of place. The spinal cord is vital in sending signals to and from the brain. A misalignment can hinder these signals, much like static on a phone line. This pressure can also cause a decrease in the flow of blood and spinal fluid to the brain. All of this can result in irritation of the trigeminal nerve.
The focus of upper cervical chiropractors is to make sure the atlas bone is in alignment, thereby, keeping the spine healthy. Once this misalignment is corrected, and the pressure is relieved, symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia may lessen or go away completely. Is there proof of this?
A study was done of a 54-year-old who had been dealing with trigeminal neuralgia for five years. He felt relief shortly after his first adjustment. Within a month of care, he reported he no longer had any symptoms. In a similar situation, another study was done in 2015 of a 10-year-old with trigeminal neuralgia. After 7 months of care under an upper cervical chiropractor, his symptoms also went away altogether. At a follow-up visit 18 months later, he was still symptom-free.
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