Face pain can be difficult to cope with as it is painful both physically and emotionally. It is part of a group of conditions called cranial nerve compression syndromes. Some of the more recognizable types of these syndromes are Bell’s palsy, hemifacial spasms, and trigeminal neuralgia.
If you seek care from your medical doctor for these conditions, he or she will probably recommend surgery or injections of Botox. Opting for surgery can be very expensive and comes with serious risks as it is actually a type of brain surgery called microvascular decompression. Many people desire a more natural approach. Thankfully, this does exist and there’s proof that it can be effective.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Face Pain
The best way to find out if something works is to find out if it has helped others. Many case studies show that those who are suffering from the above conditions have been helped by upper cervical chiropractic care. These ones have often had some type of trauma to the head or neck before the onset of their face pain.
In one case, a 57-year-old woman reported having trigeminal neuralgia on the right side of her face for two years. She also reported having high blood pressure, pain, and other issues. Her history revealed that she had a number of traumatic falls and one recent fall on a sidewalk. She sought the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, and after one week, she noticed that her pain noticeably decreased. Eight weeks later, she came off all of her medication. Two years later, she was still pain-free and off all medicine for trigeminal neuralgia. Her blood pressure had also improved.
If a misalignment has occurred in one of the top bones of your neck, it may be the underlying cause of your face pain. A misalignment of either the C1 or C2 vertebra can put the brainstem under stress, causing the brainstem to malfunction and leading to face pain.
Here at our Chattanooga, Tennessee office, we use a gentle method to help realign the bones of the upper neck without the need to crack or pop the spine. Once the bones are realigned, the brainstem can begin to function at its optimum. Patients often see improvement in their facial pain. Some see it go away completely.
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