Resolution of Hemifacial Spasm Following Chiropractic Care

28 May
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Resolution of Hemifacial Spasm Following Chiropractic Care


The following are excerpts from a 2011 case report in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research by Lucian Henry D.C. titled
Resolution of Hemifacial Spasm Following Specific Upper Cervical
Chiropractic Care

What was the objective of this research?

“To describe resolution of symptoms in a patient with chronic hemifacial spasm, neck pain, and low back pain following specific chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxations.

What is a Hemifacial Spasm?

“Hemifacial spasm is a rare condition characterized by irregular
clonic twitching of the muscles supplied by the 7th cranial
nerve (facial nerve) on one side of the face.”

These spasms can be greatly impactful on a person’s life as they create twitches and tics that make it difficult to focus and can be painful.  The also impact a patient’s social life greatly due to the importance of eye contact when communicating.

What are the causes of hemifacial spasm?

The known causes of hemifacial spasm include vascular
compression, injury to the facial nerve, and, rarely, nerve
compression due to tumor. The cause may also be unknown.

This case report highlights how the upper neck can play a role in the physiology of hemifacial spasms.  In this patient’s experience, it greatly helped.

What was the patient like who improved while under Chiropractic care?

“An obese 48-year-old male presented with left hemifacial
spasms of one-year duration, accompanied by neck pain and
tension. He reported a tic causing the left eye to blink that
sometimes forced the eye to almost close. He reported an
insidious onset and denied history of trauma. He described
constant neck pain, centrally located, with tension and crepitus
on movement. He described the pain as a mild, irritating
discomfort. He reported that his symptoms were aggravated by
stress while nothing brought significant relief.”

“He had prior evaluation with his primary care physician and a
neurologist and was treated with Botox injections. Prior
evaluation included MRI. Botox injections helped temporarily
but symptoms were recurrent. The patient sought chiropractic
treatment after his physician suggested that releasing neck
tension would help the hemifacial spasms.”

“The patient’s condition was complicated by diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. “

As you can read above, there are many areas that this patient needed to address in terms of his health.  Fortunately, now that his spasm has been stopped, he should have some momentum to address

How did the patient respond to Chiropractic Care?

“Following each adjustment, motion palpation indicated
immediate improvement in joint motion. He received a total of
three chiropractic adjustments over a 13-day period of time,
after which time the patient discontinued care due to a
resolution of his symptoms. At a 3 month follow up the patient
was still asymptomatic.”

When helping the upper neck function better again, amazing things can happen.  Chiropractic is great at helping make change to the physiology in a body due to the importance of the spinal cord for health.

If you are suffering with a problem but haven’t investigated to see if you are subluxated, get checked by a chiropractor.  It could be the help that your body is asking for!

-Dr. Callum Peever

Dr. Callum Peever is a Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health.  He is also the active Co-President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society, Regional Director in Toronto for Activator Methods International, the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, and a Clinical Instructor teaching the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to fellow Chiropractors.


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