Trigeminal neuralgia is a neurological disorder characterized by immense pain and spasm in the side of the face. It is often misdiagnosed as a dental or jaw problem and in the past has even been considered a psychological disorder. Research shows that trigeminal neuralgia originates from compressive forces surrounding the trigeminal nerve. Because of the immense pain and difficulty in diagnosing, intense medications and surgical treatment is regularly offered.
Due to the neurological origin and increasing trends towards alternative options rather than drugs and surgery, many individuals suffering from trigeminal neuralgia have turned to chiropractic for help.
A 2016 case report described a 55 year old woman who had been suffering from trigeminal neuralgia for 6 months. After a thorough evaluation of her spine and a series of adjustments to the upper neck, her facial pain had completely dissipated! After only three months, she reported that she had not had any further episodes of trigeminal neuralgia.
Friedman A. Resolution of trigeminal neuralgia following upper cervical chiropractic care using quantum spinal mechanics 3 (QSM3). J Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. November 2016:44-52.