How Does Upper Neck Misalignment Cause TN?
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a debilitating facial pain. It is often described as one of the most severe pains known to man, being referred to as the "suicide disease". Also known as "tic douloureux", TN can cause its victims to experience excruciating pain into the nose, lips, eyes, ears, scalp, forehead, upper and lower jaw, and even into the tongue. Where the pain is located depends on which of the three branches from the trigeminal nerve are effected. The condition typically affects one side of the face more than the other, and severity and frequency differ from case to case.
The medical treatments for this condition typically include various medications and surgical procedures. Anti-seizure drugs like lyrica, topomax, and neurontin are most commonly prescribed, but unfortunately they have numerous side-effects, and often people develop a tolernace and their effectiveness wears off. Surgical procedures are geared toward destroying the part of the trigeminal nerve that is transmitting the pain signals. Some of these procedures include microvascular decompression, radiation, and rhizotomy. Because the purpose of these procedures is to damage the nerve transmitting the pain, very often, a person who undergoes this can have permanent facial numbness as a side-effect. The success of these surgical procedures according to medical literature is about 50%.
Upper cervical care focuses on looking at head neck alignment and how misalignment of this area affects body balance and function.
Every life giving nerve impulse that goes to every organ, tissue and cell in the entire body comes from the brain. These messages first leave the brain via the brain stem through the base of the skull, and travel first through the top bone in the neck called the atlas vertebrae.
This top bone differs from all the other 23 bones in the spinal column in that it is the most freely movable, it doesn't have the interlocking joints that all the other vertebrae have, and it's only a 2 oz. bone that supports the weight of our 12-15 lb head. It is the week link in the chain. Through various falls, accidents, and injuries, this bone can become misaligned in relation to the skull and lower spine.
The trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve that exits off the brainstem and sends impulses through the three branches of trigeminal nerve to the top, middle and bottom of the face and it's correlating tissues. If there is upper neck misalignment from past trauma, falls, or injuries, this may put stress on the upper spinal cord and brain stem and be the cause of the severe facial pains that trigeminal neuralgia sufferers experience.
For trigeminal neuralgia sufferers whose symptoms are caused by upper neck misalignment, there is typically a history of some type of trauma in the past. It may be a car accident, fall, or injury. It could be one specific incident, or an accumulation numerous traumas that have accumulated as early as birth.
Upper cervical care is a non-invasive, natural approach, with the only side-effect being restored health. Instead of continuing down the invasive road of drugs and surgery, find a trained upper cervical doctor.
Upper cervical care cannot help everyone with trigeminal neuralgia, but for those whose symptoms are caused by by upper neck misalignment, it could be the missing key to health you have been searching for.