Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia are serious conditions that include facial numbness or facial pain. Upper cervical chiropractic care can help people suffering with these conditions by adjusting the head, neck and spine to get them in alignment and release pressure off the facial nerve.
What are Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia, and what causes these conditions?
Dr. F.J. Schofield: Bell’s Palsy is essentially severe face numbness. You lose control of the side of your face, so people with Bell’s Palsy almost look like they had a stroke. You’ll see when they smile only half their face smiles, one eye will usually droop over. It is a brutal issue especially just because when you walk around, you can see it. I mean, the person when they try to talk, only half their mouth works, and so, if you have mild face numbness like half your face is numb, it is the same cause but it just isn’t as severe as full on Bell’s Palsy.
Trigeminal Neuralgia is severe face pain usually on half the side of the face. Now, with both of these issues, typically the facial nerve is under pressure and it is not working right. So what you want to do is, get that in alignment, essentially get the upper neck in alignment. That is basically the cause, Bell’s Palsy, half the face is numb, Trigeminal Neuralgia half the face has severe, severe pain. A lot of these patients consider committing suicide, so it is a brutal issue. Typically is caused by upper neck misalignment creating nerve pressure effecting the facial nerve, and then the nerve doesn’t work right so then the face does not work right.
What type of chiropractic treatments are used to treat these conditions?
Dr. F.J. Schofield: Upper cervical chiropractic has been shown to be highly effective for both of these issues. So if you have these issues, please, please, please, try to find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area. The techniques I have studied are Orthospinology and NUCCA, and so they have websites orthospinology.org, nucca.org. Get on there, look for a chiropractor in your area. What they’re going to do, they are going to do a postural evaluation, look at your head position, shoulder position, hip position. If those are off, then you know the upper neck is out of alignment effecting how your head sits in gravity. Then they are going to do pre-X-rays, then they’re going to adjust you to correct the problem. They’ll see postural improvement right away, you’ll see the ears get more level, the shoulders and hips balance out. Then they’ll do post X-rays to make sure they have improved or fixed the misalignment. That will take pressure off the nerve and sometimes immediately you’ll get relief against the issue and sometimes it takes time for that nerve to heal and the body to balance but, definitely upper chiropractic has been shown to help with these issues.
If someone suffers from Trigeminal Neuralgia, how often should they see a chiropractor to help relieve the pain?
Dr. F.J. Schofield: This varies for everyone. It just kind of depends on how long have they had the problem, how severe is the misalignment, but I have helped a lot of people with both Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia in my West Bend chiropractic office. I like to see people regularly for the first 90 days. Get them in, correct it, and with the upper cervical technique Orthospinology or NUCCA, you can correct a misalignment on one visit, which is awesome. Then I like to check people regularly to make sure it holds. You got to hold to heal. As soon as they go out of alignment, I like to get it corrected right away, get them back in alignment holding, get that pressure right off the nerve again so they continue to heal. Typically, after 90 days if they’ve been holding most of the time, the muscles will be healed in alignment so you’ll be very, very stable and they won’t need a lot of care after that; they’ll hold, the body will continue to heal and they’ll do very, very well.
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