Thursday, 25 December 2014

Trigeminal Massage

Someone came to my blog searching for trigeminal massage. I am not trained in a specific technique for trigeminal neuralgia. I have had experience working in neurosurgery and hence provide a little insight.

The trigeminal nerve is the 5th of the 12 cranial nerves. A branch of this nerve assists the jaw and chewing. When there is pressure on the nerve either from a growth, a condition such as M.S. or compression from the blood vessel on the trigeminal nerve, this results in pain known as neuralgia. The pain can be confused with dental pain and does require appropriate evaluation probably with a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

The diagnosis is not an easy one. It requires a good history and MRI by a competent neurologist. The dentist might also carryout some tests and refer on to the appropriate doctor for further evaluation.

There are several options for treatment:

1) Drug therapy prescribed by your doctor, especially neurologist or neurosurgeon
2) Some find treatments such as acupuncture or massage to assist
3) Some require surgical intervention by a neurosurgeon.

I would recommend a referral to a physiotherapist who specializes in neuro-rehab and in treating the jaw. Many physiotherapists are also trained in acupuncture and acupressure. Apparatus such as ultrasound or the tens machine might also offer some relief. A good physiotherapist can evaluate this and provide the necessary intervention. 

I hope this brief post provides some insight into trigeminal neuralgia and intervention. I apologize if I do not have further treatment options to offer, it is not an area I specialize in.

Occupational Therapy can offer relaxation skills and stress management. Some techniques from Bio-energetic healing might also offer relief, in conjunction with other intervention. 

Thank you to my reader for visiting my blog in your search for a solution to trigeminal neuralgia.

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist and Healing Facilitator

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