Our Los Angeles offices have been offering Blair Upper Cervical chiropractic trigeminal treatment for 16 years. Unlike medical care, whose aim is to prescribe painkilling medication to help mask the pain, Blair Upper Cervical care has the goal of increasing your bodies adaptive and healing potential by removing nerve irritation at the brain-stem (upper neck) level. In this article, we will discuss how an injury to the upper cervical spine can cause a cascade of effects through the nervous system and how this can be one cause of trigeminal neuralgia and other chronic health conditions.
An interesting study was published in Dec. of 2001 in the Journal of Spinal Disorders, that looked at the correlation between whiplash trauma and trigeminal sensibility. The outcome of the study was whiplash trauma increased the sensitivity of the trigeminal nerve and it persisted over years following the trauma. Dr. Burcon, chiropractic researcher in Michigan, has drawn a correlation between whiplash type trauma and the onset of trigeminal neuralgia and Meniere’s disease. His research found that the trigeminal neuralgia and Meniere’s disease had an average onset of 13 years following a major whiplash trauma. It appears that neck injury damages the ligaments and soft tissue that support normal movement in the neck. When this occurs, it affects the brain-stem and central nervous system. Over time a cascade of neurological effects evolves, and chronic degenerative disease processes can ensue. (1)