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Trigeminal Neuralgia

Chiropractic has Helped With Trigeminal Neuralgia

Chiropractic has helped people suffering with trigeminal neuralgia.

The pain experienced from trigeminal neuralgia is excruciating. Many patients are left on painkillers with no hope for help.  Chiropractic offers a natural supportive strategy that helps reduce the pressure on the nerve system at different key locations.

“I have been a patient of Erin Mills Optimum Health since 2007.  The care and treatment that I receive is that of excellence and compassion.  I suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia – otherwise referred to as the Suicide Disease.  The pain accompanied with this condition is extreme and dibilitating, with little medication available to deal with pain.  Chiropractic has been a ‘life line’ for me, without this, I would not have any quality of life.  The mental impact of the condition is a challenge each day.  Erin Mills Optimum Health has allowed me to deal with life in a positive and healthy way – so happy they are in my life.  – K.H.”

What is the trigeminal nerve?

The trigeminal nerve supplies many nerves to the face as seen in the featured image.  The nerve comes through the skull bones and can be irritated by these openings as well as the jaw (TMJ).  The trigeminal nerve originates along the brainstem and into the upper neck at the base of the skull.  Pressure on this nerve creates the painful condition called trigeminal neuralgia.

How can Chiropractic help with Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Since the nerve originates in the spinal cord, pressure created by vertebral subluxations in the upper neck can irritate trigeminal neuralgia.  By specifically adjusting these subluxated vertebrae, the pressure can be slowly released from the spinal cord and these nerves, reducing the excruciating pain and allowing the patient to get back to their naturally healthy selves.  By also checking and adjusting the jaw (TMJ), any pressure created by the jaw on the trigeminal nerve branches can be reduced as well.

Chiropractic can help.

Here is a 2015 research report on Resolution of Facial Neuralgia Following Reduction of Atlas Subluxation Complex:   A Case Study

Here are some great excerpts from a 2016 research paper titled Resolution of Trigeminal Neuralgia Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Using Quantum Spinal Mechanics 3 (QSM3)

“Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), “tic douloureux,” French in origin meainging “painful smasm,” is a widespread neurological disorder…”

“TN is a condition derived from neurological origin involving segmental demyelination of the trigeminal nerve and its sensory branches. Advanced research has shown that injury to the myelin, caused by compressive forces on the microvasculature supplied to the trigeminal nerve, can lead to demyelination and over activity of the nerve. Demyelination of the trigeminal nerve can take place in the nerve root or at its location exiting the pons.3,4 Although the exact etiology of TN remains unclear, several causes have been found to contribute to the formation of TN. Trigeminal neuralgia is usually caused by an intracranial artery (anterior inferior cerebellar artery and ectatic basilar artery) or, less often, a venous loop that compresses the 5th cranial (trigeminal) nerve at its root entry zone into the brain stem.6 Less common causes include compression by a tumor, multiple sclerosis plaque at the root entry zone, an aneurysm, or by a whiplash injury, causing a subluxation to the upper cervical region.3,6 “

“A 55-year-old female patient presented with a chief complaint of Trigeminal Neuralgia, affecting her right jaw region. The patient claims her symptoms were experienced at least once a day and included spontaneous, intermittent pain paroxysms that were aggravated by activities such as chewing, talking and stress related interactions. The patient reported that her symptoms began six months prior to her seeking medical treatment and was diagnosed by her neurologist with TN.” – Unfortunately for this patient, the drugs did not help her pain or the occurances of trigeminal neuralgia.

Discussion:

“By incorporating Kent’s models of vertebral subluxation, the dysafferentation model can be used to propose a theory of how the upper cervical vertebral subluxation in this case led to the relief of symptoms caused by TN. Kent explains, “as a consequence, biomechanical dysfunction may result in an alteration in normal nociception and/or mechanoreception.” These alterations may result in postural abnormalities affecting tone. Furthermore, it is believed that “correcting the specific vertebral subluxation cause is paramount to restoring normal afferent input to the CNS, and allowing the body to correctly perceive itself and its environment.”16”

“Structural Consideration The trigeminal nerve (CN V) is anatomically considered the largest of the cranial nerves; predominantly providing sensation to majority of the face, as well as supplying motor innervation to muscles located around the jaw involved in chewing and biting. CN V nuclei (a collection of cell bodies) are located in the middle portion of the brainstem; the pons.19”

“According to source based chiropractic literature, patients diagnosed with TN and receiving chiropractic care, have shown to improve in pain symptomatology when receiving chiropractic adjustments in the upper cervical spine.3, 21 ,22”

“Chiropractic literature and research based upper cervical care, have shown to benefit those suffering from this condition, as well as other neurological deficits produced by spinal misalignments found in the C1 or C2 regions.3,21-28 “

” “If misalignments of the cervical spine are to affect the spinal cord a mechanical linkage must exist between the osseous structures and the spinal cord.” Grostic observed that “anterior rotation of the atlas on the side to which the atlas has laterally deviated with the lateral traction it may be possible to put traction directly on the sensory nucleus of the trigeminal nerve at the level of the first and second cervical vertebrae.” This investigation has led to the advancement in clinical chiropractic practice in effort to treat TN, as well as many other neurological deficits stemming from the upper cervical region.23,25,26  “

“Consequently, stress exerted on the spinal cord due to cervical vertebral misalignments, along with constant mechanical irritation, may result in venous occlusion; which can lead to a depletion of oxygen and nutrients delivered and supplied to the nervous system. Also, Grostic noted that delivery of blood is critical to the nervous system and if there is an obstruction, an increase in irritability of nerve tracts will occur leading to increase sensitivity on the nerves, perceived usually as pain.23”

“The chiropractic management of a 55-year-old patient suffering from trigeminal neuralgia is presented in this case study. Comprehensive improvement and alleviation of symptoms were achieved and recorded. “

-Fortunately for this person, her symptoms were able to alleviate with the help of Chiropractic.  I hope this happens for you as well.

Here to help,

Dr. Callum Peever

Morton’s Neuroma helped with Chiropractic services

ReflexologyMorton’s Neuroma helped with Chiropractic Services

Morton’s Neuroma is a painful condition of the foot that commonly affects the 3rd and 4th toes.  There is usually pain, numbness, tingling and swelling in the foot at the 3rd and 4th toes.  The problem is aggravated by bad footwear and activity.  It is thought that repetitive strain on the nerves in the feet, improper footwear, and flat feet are contributing factors.  This is a case where Chiropractic services were able to help this problem.

How can Chiropractic help with Morton’s Neuroma?

Chiropractic care focuses on optimizing the body’s function, especially the nerve system integrity, through the correction of vertebral subluxations.

“Vertebral subluxations can be defined as a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health” –Resolution of Morton’s Neuroma in an Elderly Patient Receiving Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to Correct Subluxation. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research: 2016

This 63 year old woman was able to improve her mortons neuroma with help from a Chiropractor

Through specific Chiropractic adjustments utilizing Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique, the 63 year old woman in this 2016 case study who had a 10 year history of Morton’s Neuroma was able to get quick positive results.  She had vertebral subluxations along her spine from her pelvis to her skull that impacted her ability to move well.  This prevented her ability to heal and created a situation of repetitive strain along the nerves in her foot.

This lady’s case of Morton’s Neuroma continuously improved over a course of Chiropractic care which was 3 times a week for one month.    She also had improvements in her balance, posture, and headaches.

If you are suffering with a foot condition such as Morton’s Neuroma in Mississauga, contact us for a chiropractic check-up would be a great place to start towards healing!

Amazingly, at our Mississauga health clinic we have 5 professions in the same office that can support you.  We have the chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors, reflexologists and a chiropodist!  Your body and feet are in great hands at Erin Mills Optimum Health in Mississauga!

What else can I read about foot pain?

Here are some risk factors for foot pain discussed by our foot specialist at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Here Dr. Callum Peever discusses foot placement during running

Here Dr. Callum Peever discusses how to prevent knee injuries with Chiropractic in Mississauga

New orthotics are discussed here

My Voice Came Back After Chiropractic Care

My Voice Came Back After Chiropractic Care in Mississauga

Once in a while I witness changes in my patients’ health after chiropractic care that leaves me in awe of how well the body can heal and regulate itself.  A few years ago a patient consulted with me in Mississauga for an inability to talk – she had drastically lost her voice. I admit I hadn’t seen many cases such as hers previously but decided to accept her case. Vocal cords are controlled by nerves so why would it not help I reasoned.

She had not been able to utter sounds for a few years when I saw her in Mississauga the first time. She was able to whisper and that is how we communicated initially. After a few weeks she was able to make croaky sounds and a month later these sounds became more refined and human like.

“I can talk”

We were thrilled as you can imagine and decided to maintain her improvement by seeing her once a month.

A few years later there was an interruption in her chiropractic care and gradually she started to lose her voice again. For a second time adjusting the subluxations in her neck helped her get her voice back.

Based on fundamental chiropractic theories, chiropractic adjustments help normalize nerve function by realigning the adjacent vertebrae.  In this case, the vagus nerve and its branches to the larynx (the recurrent laryngeal and the superior laryngeal nerves) would be the one affected.

I have often seen less severe cases of voice disturbances such as weak, raspy or fatigued voice etc. and usually responsive to chiropractic care. Imagine if you use your voice a lot like in the case of singers. I think it would be quite possible that the care of these nerves would be extremely helpful in allowing their vocal chords to function at their highest potential.

Imagine the importance of this for performers who want the best from their voice and challenge their voices to the extremes!

Singers especially need their voice to perform at an ultimate level so it’s not surprising that sometimes they need help in fine tuning their “instrument”. Speech pathologists help exercise the vocal chords, surgeons remove polyps from the vocal chords and chiropractors aim at restoring proper nerve supply to the muscles and tissues of the voice instrument.

Taking care of your neck is good for you and makes sense.  When your neck is doing well, the nerves and structures along your neck (such as your voice box) will do better too.  Take care of your neck – Chiropractic can help!

-Dr. Micheline Cote – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health