NUCCA and Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia episodes are known to be one of the most excruciating types of pain known to man. The episodes are characterized by bursts of rapid lancinating pain along one side of the face (along the distribution of the trigeminal nerve). A few movements that can trigger trigeminal neuralgia include:
- Sleeping on the affected side
- Brushing teeth
Traditionally, anticonvulsants are the first option for treatment. If these do not work, peripheral nerve blocks and/or surgery are last resorts. NUCCA provides an alternative option for those seeking natural methods to manage their trigeminal neuralgia symptoms.
Your Spine and Trigeminal Neuralgia
Did you know that your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord? Your spinal cord is responsible for sending signals to and from your brain. When your atlas (top bone in your neck) misaligns, this creates a distortion of those signals along the spinal cord. This can lead to improper signals being sent to the brain, potentially leading to facial pain and other trigeminal neuralgia symptoms.
NUCCA is unique in its approach to the spine. Through precise x-rays, the exact position of your atlas misalignment is determined. This allows for a gentle correction, uniquely tailored to you. There is no twisting, popping, or cracking involved in a NUCCA correction or in trigeminal neuralgia chiropractic adjustment. Over time, fewer corrections are needed because of the specificity of this approach. When your atlas is in proper alignment, it allows for proper signals to travel along your spinal cord. This may lead to a reduction of trigeminal neuralgia symptoms.
For one example, Grochowski reported on a case of a 58-year-old female who was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia six years prior. She had recurring attacks above her right eye. She started under NUCCA care and reported a significant improvement in her symptoms. She did not have another trigeminal neuralgia attack during her course of care.
If you would like to find a NUCCA doctor in your area that can give upper cervical chiropractic care for trigeminal neuralgia, please visit the “Find a Doctor” page on our site.
- Rubin M. Trigeminal Neuralgia [Internet]. Merck Manuals Professional Edition. 2016 [cited 17 April 2016]. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/neurologic-disorders/neuro-ophthalmologic-and-cranial-nerve-disorders/trigeminal-neuralgia
- Grochowski J. Resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2013 [cited 17 April 2016];2014(Feb):20-24.