There are as many as 200 different types of headaches, making it difficult to find out which one you are suffering from. Headaches are little understood because the brain has no nerves and, therefore, cannot feel any pain. So, when you have a headache, it is the nerves and muscles of the head, neck, and spinal cord that are irritated and causing pain. If your sinuses, eyes, or ears become inflamed, headaches can be the end result. If you have facial pain, this is called cranial neuralgia.
Cranial Neuralgia and Headaches
What does cranial neuralgia mean? Neuralgia means nerve pain, and cranial neuralgia refers to a group of headaches that are caused by inflammation of one of the 12 nerves in the head and upper neck. These nerves are responsible for sensation in the head, including the face. The following conditions are known for facial pain:
- A cold-stimulus headache
- Tolosa-Hunt syndrome
- Herpes zoster
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Nervus intermedius neuralgia
- Neck-tongue syndrome
- Supraorbital neuralgia
- Optic neuritis
- Occipital neuralgia
- Neck-tongue syndrome
- Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
- An ophthalmologic migraine
- Nasociliary neuralgia
- Ocular diabetic neuropathy
- External compression headache
- Other terminal branch neuralgia
What’s Behind Headaches and Cranial Neuralgia?
The spinal column hosts the cranial nerves. Therefore, if a misalignment has occurred in the upper part of the neck, the nerves can be put under pressure. Irritation, compression, and distortion in this area hinder the way the body and brain communicate. This leads to a huge variety of health problems, including headaches and facial pain. If the nerve damage is not cared for, the headaches and pain will continue.
Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we use a gentle method to help the bones of the upper neck to realign. We do not have to turn to popping or cracking the neck to get the bones back in place. Rather, the technique we use encourages the bones to move into place more naturally. Once this is accomplished, patients see an improvement in their headaches and cranial neuralgia in almost all cases. Some patients see them go away and not return.
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