Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the nerves in the face. Any small amount of stimulation of these nerves, for example brushing the teeth, can cause bouts of severe pain. It has been described as invisible pain and referred to as one of the most painful conditions. The most common treatment is medication to reduce symptoms. If this does not work, other more invasive treatments are suggested. Such things as injections of Botox and glycerol or surgery may be other options.
However, many people prefer a natural option that has long-lasting effects. Medication can bring short-term relief, but it does not look at the root cause of the problem. Can anything help to relieve the pain?
By understanding how the upper neck functions, it helps to explain why a person feels pain. The purpose of the spine is to protect the spinal cord. The job of the spinal cord is to communicate with the brain and body. If a misalignment is found in the uppermost bone of the neck, called the atlas bone, it can be putting undue pressure on the spinal cord. This can cause communication to break down and the signals being sent to be incorrect. The brain reads these signals as pain signals, and this can cause trigeminal pain.
Upper cervical chiropractors are trained to detect and correct such misalignments using specialized tools and techniques that are individual to each patient. We use a gentle, effective adjustment to correct the atlas bone and relieve the pressure on the spinal cord. Proper signals will once again begin to be sent, and healing will take place. This very well can lead to a reduction of symptoms of trigeminal pain.
For example, a study was done involving a 10-year-old male who was suffering from trigeminal neuralgia for 4 months. He was put under the care of an upper cervical chiropractor and after 5 days reported that he was totally free of symptoms! His mother followed up 1.5 years later and said he remained free of any trigeminal neuralgia pain.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/