Alternative Treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia

8. A TENS machine might help, depending on the exact type of neuralgia you have. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is when small amounts of electricity are sent through the skin to block pain signals. They also encourage the production of endorphins, the body’s own natural painkiller. Results are varied; some find the pain relief very effective and others don’t. If you are thinking of using one, ask your doctor where to position the electrodes as putting them in the wrong place can be harmful.

9. Try chiropractic adjustments. According to a case report: “Trigeminal neuralgia, sometimes called tic dolorous, is characterized by episodes of electric shock-like pain in areas of the face where branches of the trigeminal nerve are distributed. Medical treatment includes pharmaceuticals, analgesics, surgery, radiosurgery, low-powered laser, TENS, acupuncture and biofeedback. Manipulative approaches have been used successfully in a medical center in China, and reports of successful treatment with chiropractic techniques have been published.” The report went on to say that the patient had a history of right-sided facial pain, diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia, over a 6-year period with remissions after dental or medical treatment and exacerbations, the most recent lasting two months. Prior to cranial and other chiropractic adjustments, the patient had continuous pain that she rated at 9.5 on the visual analogue scale, and after four consultations over an 11-day period, pain had reduced to 0.5.

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