Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment

Recently I have seen a small string of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) cases in the office.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is a painful condition affecting the trigeminal nerve.  This nerve supplies much of the sensation to the face.  The pain can be extreme, giving the condition a reputation of being the most painful known to humankind.  While there are multiple treatment options available, relief can still be hard to come by.  However, upper cervical chiropractic appears to have potential to provide relief.

While reviewing Kirk Eriksen’s, Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex:  A Review of The Chiropractic and Medical Literature, there is mention of much success in relieving the pain.

“An informal telephone survey in which twelve upper cervical practitioners were asked questions relating to their experience with cases of TN.  Ten responding clinicians reported complete relief from TN symptoms in 50 (74%) of 68 cases, while another 14 (21%) cases partial relief from pain was described.” (Eriksen, 2004, p. 327)

While it was an informal survey, it is certainly hard to ignore.  Partial relief in 21% and complete relief in 74% of cases!  If you have this condition, schedule a visit with us to see if Atlas Orthogonal Technique is a good option for you.

Ryan Spurgeon, DC, BCAO – July 2014 

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