What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal Neuralgia literal means nerve pain that comes from the trigeminal nerve causing intense “facial pain“. The trigeminal nerve is divided into 3 branches and innervates muscles and skin in forehead, cheeks, upper jaw, along with the chin and lower jaw. The pain is described as excruciating and relentless and to be one of the most painful conditions known to mankind. It is nicknamed the “Suicide Disease”.
- stabbing electric shocks
- exploding or shooting pain
All of these sensation occur usually on one side of the face and can last anywhere from 3 minutes to hours.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Triggers:
- brushing teeth
- high pitched sounds
- loud noises
- drinking water
How Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Relate to Trigeminal Neuralgia?
In cases where Trigeminal Neuralgia has improved with Upper Cervical care it is suspected that an injury at the C1/C2 vertebral junction is causing Central Nervous System Facilitation of the trigeminal nerve root in the brain stem. The most common cause of a C1/C2 injury is a whiplash. Most TN patients recall incidents where they may have had a whiplash, head or neck injury but some do not. Because C1 and C2 are so close to the brain stem they have the most impact on the central nervous system and therefore needs very special attention that Upper Cervical doctors are specifically trained for.
An examination requires very specific x-rays to determine the exact displacement of the injury and a nervous system assessment using paraspinal infrared imaging. to determine when adjustments are necessary. The nervous system assessment is used at every office to determine when adjustments are necessary and to make sure the adjustments are working.
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