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 occiptal 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 body’s 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 cause of the problem and secure that structural solution! This 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 can correct it.

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

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

Afterward, we will 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 and is causing your migraines, make sure to schedule your NUCCA assessment below, as soon as possible, to see if you are a good fit for treatment.