What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? Basics About the Condition


Redwood City upper cervical chiropractors like myself help patients with any conditions they have, including trigeminal neuralgia. A type of chronic pain disorder, trigeminal neuralgia happens when the trigeminal nerve misfires. 

The trigeminal nerve is the largest and most complex nerve of the 12 cranial nerves. It stretches from the bottom of the skull to the face. This nerve is responsible for communicating sensations from the face to the brain.

Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia

Some of the hallmark signs and symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia are as follows:

  • Severe, electric shock-like pain
  • Burning sensation in the face
  • Random pain triggered by eating or touching the face
  • More frequent attacks 

Trigeminal Neuralgia Care Options

There are several ways to care for trigeminal neuralgia. The options are quite diverse – from mild to very invasive. 

  1. Pain Relievers — Medications to reduce the pain of attacks
  2. Injections — For example, Botox and Glycerol
  3. Surgery — Including balloon compression, radiofrequency, and thermal lesioning

These care options work in managing the pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia. However, they do not get to the very root cause of trigeminal neuralgia.

Natural Care for Trigeminal Neuralgia

One study highlights the connection between an atlas misalignment and trigeminal neuralgia. Researchers examined a 62-year-old woman who complained of chronic right-sided facial pain for two years. After tests, researchers diagnosed the woman with trigeminal neuralgia. They also found an atlas misalignment existed in the upper neck of the patient.

The patient received upper cervical-specific chiropractic care using the NUCCA technique.  After six months of care, the patient saw reductions in the severity of her facial pain and other trigeminal neuralgia symptoms. 

Misalignment of the atlas can cause pressure within the spinal cord, resulting in the sending of improper signals. The incorrect signals lead the trigeminal nerve to malfunction.

Here at my practice, Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, I use the same technique that was used in the study above. Atlas adjustments can correct the misfiring taking place in the trigeminal nerve, diminishing the neuralgia symptoms.As one of the most trusted Redwood City upper cervical chiropractors, I can help you get to the root cause of your trigeminal nerve or other chronic pain conditions. Call (650) 595-0500 or fill out this online form to start your atlas adjustments.

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