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Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes – Is the Cause a Vein or Your Neck or Both?

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Mar 18
Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes - Is the Cause a Vein or Your Neck or Both?

It is commonly believed that trigeminal neuralgia causes result from a vein strangling the trigeminal nerve where it exits the brain stem. Our Los Angeles Upper Cervical Health Care office has helped dozens of cases of Trigeminal Neuralgia by correcting spinal misalignment between the head and neck.

In fact, we find that 80 percent of Trigeminal Neuralgia cases that receive care in our office either dramatically improve or remit from completely. This begs the question, if it is a vein entrapping the trigeminal nerve that causes trigeminal neuralgia how is an upper cervical spine correction helping the body recover?

In this article we will discuss trigeminal neuralgia causes and illuminate a little-known procedure that precisely aligns the head neck junction to maximize central nervous system function. We will also discuss commonly held beliefs on trigeminal neuralgia causes and then discuss a structural mechanical model that is an alternative theory for cause of trigeminal neuralgia which is backed up by hundreds of testimonial accounts of recovery from the condition following upper cervical care.

According to main stream medicine the exact cause of trigeminal neuralgia isn’t known, but it’s often thought to be caused by compression of the trigeminal nerve or an underlying condition that affects this nerve. 


Michael Flanagan in his seventeen-page paper titled “The Role of the Craniocevical Junction in Craniospinal Hydrodynamics and Neurodegenerative Conditions “he eloquently and scientifically proposes how structural misalignment due to prior neck injury negatively impacts the bodies health and can set the stage for the development of a host of health conditions. (1)

Pressure on the Trigeminal Nerve- Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes

According to mainstream medicine evidence suggests that in up to 95% of cases, trigeminal neuralgia is caused by pressure on the trigeminal nerve close to where it enters the brain stem, the lowest part of the brain that merges with the spinal cord. They say that,

“In most cases the pressure is caused by an artery or vein squashing (compressing) the trigeminal nerve. These are normal blood vessels that happen to come into contact with the nerve at a particularly sensitive point. 

It’s not clear why this pressure can cause painful attacks in some people but not others, as not everyone with a compressed trigeminal nerve will experience pain. It may be that, in some people, the pressure on the nerve wears away its protective outer layer (myelin sheath), which may cause uncontrollable pain signals to travel along the nerve. “

However, this doesn’t fully explain why periods without symptoms (remission) can occur and why pain relief is immediate after a successful operation to move the blood vessels away from the nerve. It also doesn’t explain how correcting the upper cervical spine helps the large majority of people who suffer with trigeminal neuralgia,

Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes- An Alternative Theory- Upper Cervical Spine Injury

Upper cervical spine injury impacts postural muscle tone, most commonly straightening the cervical spine. We find that 60 percent of our new patients have flattening of the cervical curve. Because the spinal cord and brain stem was embrylogically designed to fit into a normal cervical curve, straightening of the neck increases spinal cord tension, in effect it would be similar to a rope being pulled on at both ends.

It is possible that patients who suffer with trigeminal neuralgia have an anatomically susceptibility to vein entrapment around the trigeminal nerve. When the cervical spine flattens due to neck trauma, the downward pull on the spinal cord adds extra stress in the area of the vein and the trigeminal nerve, leading to trigeminal neuralgia.

After receiving precise corrections to the atlas or axis vertebrae it can relieve tensile stress on the cord by restoring normal cervical spine muscle tone. As the muscles relax, and the normal curve of the neck returns, the stress on the trigeminal nerve is relieved and the vein entrapment is reduced enough to reduce trigeminal neuralgia symptoms. Among the underlying trigeminal neuralgia causes this may be one of the root mechanisms.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes- What Does an Upper Cervical Blair Doctor Do?

Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to find spinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine. This is determined by running the prospective patient through 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) is used to precisely determine which joint has misaligned and the angulation of the offending 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 over time 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.

If you or a loved one is looking for natural Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes and treatment our offices offer a FREE consultation. If you are interested, you can call our LOS ANGELES offices at 213 399-7772 or our Carson, South Bay office at310 324-6172

If you are outside of the LOS ANGELES area and looking for a Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractor, you can call our office and we would be happy to help find you a qualified doctor in your area. We hope you enjoyed our article on Trigeminal Neuralgia Causes and it will lead to many people’s recovery through upper cervical care.