Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic condition that is characterized by sudden shock like pain that can be sharp, stabbing, and searing pain around the face area. It typically affects women more often than men and usually in people over 50. It is said to be the most excruciatingly painful human condition in the world, referred to as the suicide disease because the pain can be so severe.
The brain and nervous system, protected by the skull and spine, is the master controller, coordinating all other systems in the body. The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve that controls the muscles and sensory functions in the head. The trigeminal nerve is so named because it has three main branches off the brain stem.
Symptoms can vary from occasional twinges of mild pain to severe shooting pain that feels like an electrical shock. Attacks can be triggered from simply touching or washing the face, brushing teeth, speaking, smiling or even the wind blowing across the facial area. Pain is from interference or inflammation of the trigeminal nerve and is typically on one side of the face at a time. Episodes of several attacks can last a few days or months and progress to constant episodes causing many people to struggle to find trigeminal neuralgia relief. Patients are often treated with medication, many of the drugs with severe side effects. When relief is not found, patients may seek out surgery. A natural, less invasive trigeminal neuralgia relief treatment, which gets to the core of the problem, is Atlas Orthogonal.
The cause of TN is not really known for certain but the trigeminal nerve's function is disrupted and is usually due to a normal blood vessel, artery or a vein compressing the nerve root as it enters the brain stem. Many people have found trigeminal neuralgia relief with an upper cervical chiropractic technique called Atlas Orthogonal. The Atlas is the top bone of the spine and when it is misaligned, it can cause interference in the nervous system.
The doctors at Foresight Chiropractic are board certified Atlas Orthogonist, providing precise and gentle care for patients seeking trigeminal neuralgia relief for over 15 years. Call 480-325-6977 to schedule a free consultation. There is hope!