Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that is triggered by irritation to the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation to your face through three branches - upper, middle, and lower.
For sufferers of trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of the face — such as brushing their teeth, drinking or eating, or applying make-up — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain, often described as being like an electric shock. Pain attacks are often sudden and unpredictable, lasting from a few seconds to several minutes. The pain usually affects one side of the face and can be worse at night. Leading a normal life can be difficult for someone with this condition, as the pain can be so debilitating
At the House Clinics, Bristol, we are able to offer Chiropractic treatment which involves adjustment to the upper joints of the neck and associated musculature, accompanied by the use of acupuncture needles placed into the skin along the path of the affected nerves in the face. These techniques have been found to be very effective in the treatment of pain.
“Living with Trigeminal Neuralgia had been for me, like being stuck in a dark prison cell. Due to the excruciating pain, you can’t talk, eat, swallow or brush your teeth. The pain is one thing, but it’s also a very isolating condition to live with and I found it difficult to leave the house because I’d never know when an attack might happen. When the pain hit, I could do nothing but close my eyes, crash to the floor, and just wait for it to end. It affected my whole face.
I had been taking various medications prescribed by my neurologist, but nothing really helped. The condition is little understood and there is very little hope if you are a sufferer. I did some research online and read that acupuncture might help to alleviate the pain. Then one day I just happened to be walking past The House Clinics and bumped into Jonathan Cook (Chiropractor) who seemed very knowledgeable about the condition.
After about three treatments of acupuncture, the pain has abated. I feel like a normal member of society again; I feel great and fantastically healthy. Before treatment, I’d say the pain was at a level of 9 out of 10, whereas now it’s a very manageable 2 out of 10. I can enjoy simple things again like drinking a glass of water or going out to a cafe - and if anyone else with the condition asked me, I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Cook and acupuncture treatment as a way forward.”
For more information on how Chiropractic treatment may help with your Trigeminal Neuralgia, please get in touch!
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