Trigeminal Neuralgia – Burning Mouth Syndrome
Trigeminal neuralgia or burning mouth syndrome as it is sometimes called is a fascinating chronic pain condition we treat. Fascinating because of its wide variety of weird symptoms, and potential root causes, that other pinched or irritated nerves don’t experience. Finding the root cause involves an extensive, multi-structural and broad-spectrum metabolic investigation so that appropriate treatment technology selection ensures a successful outcome.
The entire mouth tissue, tongue, teeth, jaw, salivary glands, and palate are innervated by the trigeminal nerve and its multiple branches. If any of these nerve branches become irritated, they will produce symptoms common to that branch. For example, the branch that supplies to teeth can experience a toothache, if its fibres are irritated.
The fascinating aspect of this chronic, painful, and life-altering condition is the nerve branch that supplies the tongue, salivary glands, and palate with their function. Irritation of this nerve branch causes those fascinating symptoms that include:
- Taste salt, metals, blood, vomit, and sand when you are eating certain foods, or when you are not eating anything at all
- Burning inside the mouth to the palate, tongue, gums, or lips
- Dry mouth, making swallowing difficult
- Sensations that you can’t swallow certain foods
- Ringing into the ears (Tinnitus)
- Jaw ache when chewing
- Neck stiffness or pain
Our Diagnostic Process – the ITC difference
Although the trigeminal nerve has many branches, our diagnostics and treatment focus on the lingual and mandibular branches which surface from the skull and cross onto the mouth behind the ear. We determine whether the nerve here has suffered some form of irritation or damage. Our head therapist, Glenn Cameron, uses his heightened sense of touch developed reading braille, to feel the soft tissue of the neck, jaw, and with extreme focus behind the jaw and ear region. Evidence of a deeper dysfunction that could squeeze the nerve can be felt in these regions by the quality of muscle and tendon tone and texture.
He then applies true EMS acoustic shockwave therapy with extreme precision behind the jaw directly into the nerve to test its axons to determine whether it is being irritated or has suffered some form of damage. These sound waves will not have any effect on a healthy nerve but will easily reveal any irritation of the nerve if present.
Our state-of-the-art pulsed magnetic field therapy PEMF from Pulse Centers is applied to the region of the jaw and skull where the nerve leaves the brain. This highly specialized form of magnetic therapy will easily and quickly reveal any nerve dysfunction.
A highly specialized neurostimulator nerve regeneration technology is used to further investigate the health of those nerves involved in the production of symptoms, and may becomes part of a treatment plan if required to aggressively stimulate damaged nerves.
Our Innovative Treatment Process
Solving this life-altering condition involves:
1: Neck & Jaw: All myofascial adhesions in the jaw and neck will have their twisted/tangled and glued fibres broken apart with EMS acoustic shockwave therapy. This stage quickly and completely eliminates increased forces placed on the jaw, ear, vertebrae of the neck, and ultimately the region where the trigeminal nerve branches cross onto the jaw. All chronic neck or jaw pain (TMJ) will be eliminated during this process. Existing chronic headaches, and pinched nerves affecting the arms, upper back, and chest will be eliminated.
2: The Nerves: In this stage, we apply precision-guided EMS acoustic shockwaves with a special adapter directly to the soft tissue region behind the jaw and forward to the ear where the nerve surfaces and becomes pinched. The acoustic waves break apart small soft tissue fibres that entrap the nerve causing fibre irritation, thus your symptoms. During this stage, you will experience all your symptoms as the hardened dysfunctional tissue is released from squeezing the nerve. This is exactly what we want you to feel as it confirms the location of the entrapment site for the nerve.
3: Nerve Regeneration & Repair: In this stage, we use the power of our Pulse Centers magnetic therapy to reach deep into the skull and jaw to apply the stimulating and healing magnetic waves to the damaged nerve fibres. Like a diagnostic MRI, our magnetic therapy has the ability to reach deep into the skull addressing the entire nerve from brain stem to mouth. All your symptoms will again be experienced but will begin decreasing in intensity, and eventually diminish. If we can make your symptoms worse, we can usually make them better and solve the condition.
EQUIPMENT & THERAPY
How does the equipment used to treat my condition, affect my recovery? What is the Innovative Therapy Canada difference?
The effectiveness of any technology varies from one manufacturer to another. Independent laboratory tests that confirm the effectiveness of the technology are conducted using original manufacturer specs. EMS Systems Germany, Acoustic-based Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) was used by researchers to establish the baseline upon which the world now understands as the true and proven acoustic shockwave therapy technology (ESWT). Unfortunately, based on the success of EMS acoustic Shockwave technology, other manufacturers have tried but are not allowed to copy EMS’s patent-protected design.
What does that mean to you? The two most important factors to your recovery are identifying the issues and treating them using appropriate equipment. We use EMS acoustic shockwave devices exclusively and are the busiest users of the technology in Canada.
For more information on this or any other chronic pain condition you suffer from, please don’t hesitate to contact us.