What exactly is trigeminal neuralgia? It is defined as sudden burning or stabbing pain in the face that is extreme in nature. Many health care providers are unfamiliar with this condition. Therefore, it can be hard to find a way to care for it, leaving the sufferer in extreme pain. About 150,000 people every year are told they have trigeminal neuralgia.
The trigeminal nerve is the nerve that is responsible for providing sensation to the face. One trigeminal nerve runs to the right side of the head, while the other runs to the left side. Each of these nerves has 3 separate branches:
While the exact cause of trigeminal neuralgia is unknown, there are theories that suggest pressure on the trigeminal nerve causes it to misfire, or it may be due to an abnormally placed artery causing pressure. No matter what the reason, those suffering want to find help. Many are looking for alternative, non-invasive, natural relief, but often do not know where to turn.
One thing that may be causing the trigeminal never to misfire could be a misalignment in the top bone of the neck called the C1 or atlas. The spinal cord sends and receives signals from the trigeminal nerve. If the spinal cord is under pressure due to the atlas bone misaligning, improper signals may cause misfiring of facial nerves.
I have been specifically trained to find upper cervical misalignments and to use a low force adjustment to correct them. Once realigned, nerves can begin functioning properly once again and eventually this may lead to a decrease in the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia. Is there proof that this works?
A 58-year-old woman had been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia 6 years before being part of a case study. It was discovered that she did indeed have a misalignment in her upper neck, and she received specific adjustments to that area by an upper cervical chiropractor. By the end of nine weeks of care, she no longer was suffering from any attacks.
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Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit for 3 years in row.