Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve which causes episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed - lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. The disorder most often affects one side of the face, but some patients experience pain at different times on both sides. Trigeminal Neuralgia is considered to be one of the most painful afflictions known to medical science.
Researchers have determined that TN pain originates from damage to the Trigeminal nerve in the face and from damage to the central Trigeminal system in the upper spinal. Trauma to the head and neck results in injury to nerve pathways in the spinal cord and brain stem has been shown in medical literature to be a possible cause of TN. Following the trauma, facial pain can be triggered immediately or can take months or years to develop.
Symptoms of TN can be cured by correcting the misalignments of the spine caused by trauma, and removing compression of the brain stem and surrounding nerves. After nerve irritation has been removed, proper communication is restored between the brain and spinal cord, and the surrounding nerves. Chiropractic can be helpful by releasing the pressure of the artery or vein pressing on the trigeminal nerve at the base of the brain. When a misalignment is found, very specific, gentle adjustments are made to correct the misaligned vertebrae in the neck.