I am thrilled to say that Upper Cervical/Orthogonal Atlas adjustments have been a lifesaver! I have had TN for nearly 3 years now. I am not able to take any meds for TN due to different ailments/disease of my gastrointestinal system and the horrible side effects of all the meds. I have been dealing with TN on my own with acupuncture and microwave heat pad to the right side of my face. Besides TN, I also suffer from chronic, life-long effects of Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, nerve pain from shingles (on the same side as TN), thyroid issues and continued Gi issues , now possibly needing intestinal surgery :( I had done research into alternative treatment for TN, as the meds are not an option and surgery would be my last resort.
I know the Upper Cervical specialists are rare and I am very fortunate there is actually an upper.cervical specialist here in my hometown in Fl. For the past 5 years or so, I noticed that my head was always crooked in pictures & couldn't get a straight haircut lol If I attempted to straighten my head, it just felt awkward ,uncomfortable & unnatural. My head felt 'normal' when it was crooked as it had been that way so long. I just assumed I had mild scoliosis, poor posture or something. I was amazed when I viewed my cervical xrays and sure enough, my Atlas bone was off by nearly 20 degrees!! My Doctor even reviewed my case with the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association because he had never seen an Atlas bone so off kilter before!!! The right side of my face drooped, my one shoulder was much lower than the other, my hips were out of whack and leg length was off by almost an inch ! I had hip and back pain that I always attributed to my joint pain with Lyme disease....
After my first Atlas bone adjustment, my TN pain improved considerably , my head was almost centered/straight, shoulders and hips leveled!! However, I did have a lot of neck muscular burning pain, which was normal, as the muscles & tendons were getting used to holding my head in it's new, normal position. At first I needed 2 adjustments per week for 2-3 months. As my body began to heal itself ( which it can now function properly as the spine is now in alignment, not just in my neck, but throughout the entire spine), I needed less and less adjustments~ my Atlas bone was holding steady. My upper cervical doctor measures my leg length and hips at every visit. Sometimes I don't even need an adjustment. I am now on 'maintenance" once a month. I am into my 6th month of adjustments and I can honestly say that my TN has improved about 80-85 %. TN is something I will always have, as there is no cure...but these adjustments have helped so much that I do not have the searing, unbearable shooting, stabbing burning pain in my cheek, jaw, eye, every tooth on the upper & lower right no long ache with pain. I only get occasional twinges that are brief, tolerable and manageable. I feel like my upper cervical doctor has given me a new chance at life :)
hope you find this helpful, Upper Cervical/ Atlas adjustments have helped me and I hope that by sharing this, it can help others too :)