New Research on Trigeminal Neuralgia & Chiropractic

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New Research on Trigeminal Neuralgia & Chiropractic

Chiropractic Shown to Help Woman’s Suffering 

Recent research reported in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic on a woman that had experienced Trigeminal Neuralgia reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing these patients.  The literature included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from the related health challenges from this disorder and calls for more research in this area.

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“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the suffering that comes from Trigeminal Neuralgia” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. 

McCoy added “In the case report presented, the woman was suffering for years with chronic trigeminal neuralgia pain that improved under chiropractic care after everything else failed to help her because of the nature of the spine and its relationship to the nervous system.” 

According to researchers the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function. By removing the structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function. 

The 62 year-old female reported on in this study suffered from chronic trigeminal neuralgia with associated facial stabbing and throbbing pain of two years duration. She was having six episodes per day lasting for an hour at a time and had become depressed and could not go out. She had been prescribed numerous prescription pharmaceutical drugs and alternative supplements had been prescribed by numerous doctors and specialists, all with no resolution. She had spent over $9,000.00 in personal funds seeking relief.  

The woman was examined by a chiropractor who also took x-rays and found abnormal structural shifts in her upper neck. These structural shifts can occur in the spine and lead to obstruction of the nerves and blood supply to the brain. It is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic she had a reduction in the frequency, intensity and duration of her symptoms and regained almost full function in her daily activities.

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
McCoy Press