Trigeminal Neuralgia Relief in San Francisco

Trigeminal neuralgia patients often describe their symptoms as “invisible pain”. It has repeatedly been described as one of the most painful medical conditions. Trigeminal neuralgia episodes are debilitating. The most common trigeminal neuralgia treatment is pain medication to lessen the severity of symptoms. If a patient does not respond to medication, then the next resort is injections (Botox, glycerol) and/or surgery (gamma knife, radiofrequency thermal lesioning, balloon compression, etc.). (1)

Many trigeminal patients are looking for natural solutions to their painful episodes. While medication and surgery may lessen symptoms in the short-term, they do not address the underlying cause of trigeminal.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Relief in San Francisco

How is my neck related to my trigeminal neuralgia symptoms?

Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is responsible for sending signals to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) misaligns, it creates pressure on your spinal cord.  When there is pressure on your spinal cord, the signals are distorted. This can potentially lead to trigeminal symptoms.

Dr. Lawlor is trained in upper cervical chiropractic – a gentle, specific approach aimed at correcting the atlas. Upper cervical chiropractic is incredibly precise, and every correction is tailored to each individual patient.  Through realignment of the atlas, there is reduced pressure on the spinal cord. This allows for proper signals to be sent to and from the brain. This may lead to a reduction in trigeminal neuralgia symptoms.

Flory et al. described a case of a 10-year-old male with a 4-month duration of trigeminal neuralgia. After five days under upper cervical care, the patient reported being free of symptoms. The patient’s mother reported that he was symptom-free 1.5 years after the start of  upper cervical care. (2)

If you are interested in more information on how upper cervical chiropractic care can help trigeminal neuralgia, give Upper Cervical Union Square a call at 415-362-3500.

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  1. Trigeminal neuralgia Treatments and drugs – Mayo Clinic [Internet]. 2015 [cited 1 December 2015]. Available from:
  2. Flory T, Chung J, Ozner J. Resolution of Facial Neuralgia Following Reduction of Atlas Subluxation Complex: A Case Study. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2015 [cited 1 December 2015];2015(February):6-13. Available from:


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Ryan Lawlor

Dr. Lawlor is one of a select few who are specially trained in Upper Cervical Chiropractic. Upper Cervical is a specialty focusing on the neuroanatomy and biomechanics of the upper neck. His focus is on this area because it houses the lower brainstem, which is notably an area of great importance in the body’s regulation of its internal environment (homeostasis), which keeps the body healthy. He specializes in migraine relief as he was a migraine sufferer for many years.

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