As the name applies, trigeminal neuralgia is the results of compression, irritation or damage of the trigeminal nerve (CN v or the 5th Cranial Nerve). Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, headaches, migraines, and jaw pain are common symptoms associated with trigeminal neuralgia.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care in TInnitus Treatment
Targeted corrective chiropractic treatments of the upper cervical spine have shown significant clinical advantages in treatments of trigeminal neuralgia. To understand the role of corrective research-based chiropractic, we need to know how pain is perceived. We feel facial and neck pain when the somatosensory cortex of the thalamus is activated. That activation is the result of signals received from the trigeminal cervical nucleus. As mentioned earlier, the trigeminal cervical nucleus is in the uppermost portions of the spinal cord at the level of C1-C3.
When the upper cervical spinal segments or the base of the skull are improperly aligned or injured, it leads to excessive firing or activations of the trigeminal cervical nucleus. Therefore, correcting minor misalignments of the upper neck are beneficial for patients with facial pain, jaw pain, headaches, migraines, tinnitus or Meniere’s disease. Our tinnitus treatment will include treating your upper cervical spine as well as jaws and ears.