Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help You with Bell’s Palsy Treatment
Bell’s palsy is an irritating condition that causes facial disfigurement and annoying symptoms. The symptoms of bell’s palsy can be painful and irritating. However, it isn’t just the physical symptoms that can be challenging but the psychological toll of being stared at because of the facial disfigurement.
Thankfully, in the large majority of patients it is transitory and usually resolves within weeks or months. Unfortunately a small percentage who suffer end up having longterm palsy. I am happy to say our office has been successful in helping several patients who suffered with bells palsy for years. Our Los Angeles upper cervical health care office has seen many cases of Bell’s Palsy over the years.
Often, these cases recover quickly by removing brain stem irritation that is caused by prior neck injury. In this article we will discuss, what is Bell’s Palsy, Bell’s palsy symptoms, Bell’s palsy causes, and discuss a little known procedure called blair upper cervical care and how it can help you recover your lost health.
What is Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy is a condition that is caused by disruption to the 7th cranial nerve named the facial nerve. It usually affects one side of the face, is usually temporary , however occasionally it can be bi lateral and in rare cases be long standing.
Bell’s Palsy Symptoms
- Paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face
- Dropping of one eyelid and one side of the mouth
- Drooling on affected side of mouth
- Numbness and pain on the affected side
- Watering of the eye on the the affected side or dryness of the eye on the affected side.
Bell’s Palsy in Adults
Bell’s palsy is most prevalent in the adult population and effects adults more commonly than kids or young adults.
Bell’s Palsy Causes: Viral infection
It is not uncommon for Bells Palsy to start shortly after a viral infection. It is curious why one facial nerve would be affected and not the other. It is the authors believe that what underlies bells palsy is an inherent weakness in the facial nerve that makes it more susceptible to being affected by a viral infection. We will try to answer what that underlying weakness may be below.
Hypertension and Bell’s Palsy
Interestingly, there appears to be a higher incidents of Bell’s Palsy in people who suffer from high blood pressure. As a side note, high blood pressure has been shown to reduce following upper cervical chiropractic care in a blind scientific study.
Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study
Upper Cervical Injury and Spinal Cord Irritation
The facial nerve, or seventh cranial nerve nucleus, is located in the brainstem. Whiplash trauma can cause structural damage and joint misalignment to the junction of the head and neck. As a result, the normal lordodis ( normal curve if the neck) is lost due to muscle tone imbalance.
There are several factors that occur following neck injury that produce mechanical irritation on the brainstem and can lower not only the seventh cranial nerves ability to function properly but any other part of the body also. The brainstem, located inside of the atlas and axis, is the seat of control for most body function including most of the cranial nerve system.
Blair Upper Cervical Care – What is it?
While upper cervical correction is NOT a cure all, it has been successful in helping a large percentage of people who suffer with chronic Bells Palsy. An upper cervical specialist will run each patient through a battery of neurological tests aimed at determining whether one of the two vertebrae in the neck are structurally misaligned and causing irritation and interference to the brainstem and associated spinal nerves. Once located, precise imaging is used to view each joint in the neck to determine which has misaligned, how far it has misaligned, and at what angle the neck joints are built.
This information is then used to make a precise spinal correction that involves no twisting, popping, or pulling of the neck. The patient is then monitored over time to ensure the body restores normal joint biomechanics. This is accomplished by frequent monitoring of the patient. If on a specific visit the tests indicate the vertebrae has misaligned again another correction is made. If the tests indicate that the correction is ”holding” then no correction is made.
The goal is for the patient to remain ” clear” and not need a correction. Once well, the patient is checked periodically to ensure they are functioning normally, similar to a dental check up.
If you are suffering from Bells Palsy or any other chronic health problem our Los Angeles offices offer FREE consultation.