Trigeminal and Occipital Neuralgia


Trigeminal & Occipital Neuralgia can be debilitating and can cause permanent nerve damage if left untreated. Fortunately, neuralgia is one of the most popular problems we help people with at Elite Upper Cervical.


When the top bone in the neck misaligns, the atlas vertebrae, the trigeminal and the occipital nerve can get compromised. The trigeminal nerve is the nerve that controls the jaw, whereas the occipital nerve is the nerve that controls the back of the head. 


If either of these nerves are compromised by a misalignment, will the brain have a hard time communicating to your jaw or the back of your head? You bet. 


This is why people feel that lightning bolt pain throughout their jaw and head. This pain is a sign that something is wrong, and your jaw or head are trying to wake you up, so you will do something about it. 


Unfortunately, most doctors want to hit the snooze button and throw out the bodies internal fire alarm by prescribing medication, which is not a long term solution. 


Why? Because it’s not possible to fix a structural problem, with a chemical solution. It’s important to get to the root of what’s causing the trigeminal or occipital neuralgia, securing that structural solution! And that is where we specialize. 


As a NUCCA upper cervical chiropractic clinic, the first thing we do is take specific x-rays of the atlas vertebrae to see if it’s misaligned. 


We have advanced software that allows Dr. Burt to measure the atlas down to 1/100th of a degree, which is critical when it’s time to realign it. The upper cervical x-rays are the most important thing we can do for you as a NUCCA doctor. 


When doctors work on the upper neck without taking x-rays, they risk making someone worse.


After the exact position of the atlas has been measured, then Dr. Burt will be able to correct it. 


The realignment is so gentle that anyone would feel comfortable with the amount of pressure we use. Gentle slow pressure is all, right below the ear lobe, which is where the atlas is located. 


There is no twisting, popping or cracking of the neck with the NUCCA realignment. 


Afterward, we will then have to retrain the neck muscles for a few months, realigning the atlas as needed.

If you are curious to see if your atlas is misaligned, causing your trigeminal or occipital neuralgia, make sure to schedule your NUCCA assessment below, as soon as possible, to see if you’re a good fit for treatment.