Trigeminal Neuralgia, also known as TN, is a chronic neurological condition that can be extremely painful for those who suffer from it. It specifically affects the 5th cranial nerve, the trigeminal, which is one of the largest nerves in the head. It is not very common as only 12 out of 100,000 people each year are affected by this condition, but it is very painful and difficult to live with for those who are diagnosed with TN. In fact, TN is considered by many specialists to be one of the most debilitating and painful syndromes. When faced with such extreme pain, you may be searching for answers to provide relief. Neurologically-based chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can bring about this much desired relief naturally.
Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal Neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, can be characterized by symptoms ranging from a constant ache to shooting or stabbing pains that are similar to an electric shock. For some, the pain may come and go intermittently while for others it can be a continuous pain. Because the trigeminal nerve is one of the largest nerves in the head, pain can extend to every area of the face, including the lips, nose, teeth, jaw, cheeks, forehead, and scalp. There are two types of TN, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is the most common form of Trigeminal Neuralgia in which pain is a sporadic burning or shock-like feeling that lasts for several seconds or minutes and then will vanish, only to return again later. Type 2 TN is a more constant burning or aching pain that is less severe than Type 1. No matter what type you suffer from, it is a mentally and physically exhausting condition that leaves many feeling powerless to combat it. Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela works tirelessly with practice members to address the root cause of TN to alleviate conditions for relief from the painful symptoms associated with trigeminal neuralgia.
Chiropractic Care Gets to the Root of the Problem
More traditional methods of managing trigeminal neuralgia can include taking medication or perhaps surgical therapy, but these methods don’t always work. Surgery is an invasive procedure and medications are often only a temporary fix that may also cause other harmful side effects. Chiropractic care is both noninvasive and safe. It also seeks to treat the root cause of TN, the trigeminal nerve. Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic utilizes neurologically-based chiropractic care to correct spinal misalignments so the nervous system can function optimally. The first three vertebrae of the spine are directly linked to the nerves in the head and face. Spinal misalignments can lead to chaos such as severe bouts of TN pain. Relieving this nerve interference can decrease symptoms of TN to ease pain related to the trigeminal nerve.
Find Relief with Regular Chiropractic Care
Many people suffering from TN have found relief through regular chiropractic care. Case studies are proof that chiropractic care really works. One such case study focuses on a 77-year-old woman who suffered from TN for 7 years. After just 6 adjustments she saw a vast improvement in symptoms. After six months, she reported being pain free! Another case study of a 57-year-old woman with TN pain found that chiropractic care significantly reduced her pain and she was able to drastically cut back on her medication.
If TN pain has you feeling defeated, find hope with chiropractic care. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic today.
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