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Upper cervical Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment

Posted in TMJ on Jun 23, 2020

Our Los Angeles Blair upper cervical office has seen around 100 cases of trigeminal neuralgia over the years. Out of all the conditions we see trigeminal neuralgia's effects on those it afflicts can be devastating. The good news is the great majority of cases improve or resolve by correcting upper cervical spine misalignment.  How does the neck relate to trigeminal Neuralgia? The trigeminal nucleus resides inside of the brainstem. The brainstem is the most vital control center of your body and is housed inside of the first and second cervical vertebrae.  There is an intimate relationship between normal nervous system function and normal movement and alignment of the upper cervical spine. Later in this article, we will discuss this relationship further and also offer a natural solution called the Blair Upper Cervical Technique that has been helping patients throughout the country that suffer from TN.

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Unfortunately, most TN cases take strong pain medication or seizure medication to help control their pain. In some cases, patients opt for decompression surgery.  Many TN cases search far and wide for a solution to their trigeminal neuralgia condition without lasting relief. Fortunately, there is a natural noninvasive procedure called the Blair technique. This procedure's goal is to restore normal structural and functional integrity to the upper cervical spine and has been successful in helping many TN CASES recover their lost health.

The trigeminal nerve nucleus sits inside the brainstem at the head-neck junction.  Whiplash type trauma can tear the supporting soft tissue of the neck, predisposing the neck to spinal misalignment and subsequent nervous system irritation. When an injury occurs to the neck, a cascade of effects occurs throughout the entire body. Most commonly,  the muscles in the neck chronically contract causing the cervical spine curve to flatten. This is known as straight neck syndrome. 

The combination of spinal misalignment coupled with a loss of cervical spine curve causes irritation and interference to the central nervous system which then leads to a plethora of consequences in the body. One of those effects can be trigeminal neuralgia. Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to correct spinal misalignment at the skull neck junction. Once corrected the nervous system functions better, the surrounding soft tissue can repair and stabilize,  and the physiology of the body can normalize. This is exactly what we have been doing over the last 20 years for the 13000 new patients we have served.

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What is Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve. The trigeminal nerve nucleus is housed inside the brainstem. The nerve exits the skull and has three branches that supply the face. The trigeminal nerve carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is known as the suicide disease because of the severe pain that is experienced by those that suffer.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms

Trigeminal neuralgia symptoms may include one or more of the following:

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    •    Episodes of severe, shooting or jabbing pain that may feel like an electric shock

    •    Spontaneous attacks of pain or attacks triggered by things such as touching the face, chewing, speaking or brushing teeth

    •    Episodes of pain lasting from a few seconds to several minutes

    •    Bouts of several attacks lasting days, weeks, months or longer — some people have periods when they experience no pain

    •    Constant aching, burning feeling that may occur before it evolves into the spasm-like pain of trigeminal neuralgia

    •    Pain in areas supplied by the trigeminal nerve, including the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or less often the eye and forehead

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    •    Pain affecting one side of the face at a time, though may rarely affect both sides of the face

    •    Pain focused in one spot or spread in a wider pattern

    •    Attacks that become more frequent and intense over time

Can Trigeminal Neuralgia be Permanent? 

Trigeminal neuralgia affects each person differently. Some patients experience bouts of TN that last for days or weeks only to disappear for years. Other patients suffer from chronic long term TN. 

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In our Los Angeles office, we have seen well over 100 cases of TN. One case we took care of suffered chronically for 16 years. Thankfully, following upper cervical care he now enjoys a TN FREE life. If you are suffering with chronic TN and you have been told that it's permanent or you must be on medication for the rest of your life, we implore you to find an upper cervical chiropractor near you. There is a high probability it will change your life!

Trigeminal Neuralgia long term Effects

The long term effects of chronic pain can be devastating. Tn pain is so severe that even patients who have their TN pain remit still suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Often they live in fear of when the next attack will strike.  Finding relief from the pain is vital and dealing with the psychological aspect of being constantly under siege can be beneficial by taking with others who have suffered and recovered.

What Exactly Does a Blair Upper Cervical Doctor Do? 

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Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to locate spinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine and correct them. Spinal misalignment is located by running a battery of neurological tests that locate the spinal segments that have been injured and misaligned by a prior neck injury.

Once located, precision imaging in the form of digital x-ray or cone-beam computed tomography (Cbct) are used to precisely determine which joint has misaligned and the angulation of the misaligned joint. Each person’s anatomy is different and therefore imaging is used to uncover the blueprint to be used to correct each patient’s individual misalignment pattern.

Once this information is gleaned, a gentle, light correction is made without twisting, popping, or pulling. The patient is then monitored overtime to ensure that the correction is holding. If the testing indicates the need for another correction, then it is performed. However, the goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the patient to stay in “adjustment”.

It isn’t the correction that produces healing. It is the removal of nerve irritation and the adjustment “holding” in its normal position that allows the body to function better and proceed through a healing process. This is how Blair Chiropractic treatment can often help remove the underlying cause of many who suffer from Vertigo, dizziness, neck pain, headaches and other chronic health problems by supporting the body in healing itself.