Objective: To discuss improvement of symptoms associated with trigeminal neuralgia in a 65-year-old female receiving Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT).
Clinical Features: A 65-year-old female had a 6-year history of trigeminal neuralgia and failed surgical intervention. Postural alterations, reduction in cervical ranges of motion (ROM) and positive cranial nerve V and VII tests were found in conjunction with indicators of vertebral subluxation throughout the spine.
Intervention and Outcome: Chiropractic care using AMCT was provided for correction of vertebral subluxations. The patient reported subjective improvement in facial pain, physical functioning and mental/emotional wellbeing, as well as reduced pharmaceutical use for her trigeminal neuralgia. The patient demonstrated objective improvement in posture, cervical ROM, cranial nerve V and VII function, and reduction of direct indicators of vertebral subluxation.
Conclusion: A course of chiropractic care, using AMCT for the assessment and correction of vertebral subluxation, was associated with reduction of symptoms associated with trigeminal neuralgia.
Author keywords: Trigeminal Neuralgia
Author affiliations: JS, JE: Senior Intern, New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand; DR: Private Practice, Auckland, New Zealand; DR: Board Member, Scotland College of Chiropractic Trust
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