HFS facial spasms please help
one of my spasms 2013
I have had Hemifacial Spasm (right side) for 2 years, gradually worsening. Recently I was told it is caused by a slight spinal curvature leading to inflammation, tight muscles, poor lymphatic drainage & pressure on the vertebral arteries which then run up into the neck and brain, irritating the 6th and 7th facial nerves. This is aggravated by my age (46,in early menopause for 3 years now) which is apparently leading to bony spurs/'roughening' of bone surfaces catching on the vertebral arteries and causing irritation.
I have spent a fortune trying to treat the spasms, which twist half my face badly out of shape for anything up to 12 seconds at a time, every few minutes on a bad day. The only thing I have found that helps at all is regular osteopathic sessions which reduce the inflammation, correct the alignment of bones a little and release stiffness and 'locking up' in my neck and shoulders. This gives the arteries/nerves a bit more breathing space for a couple of weeks, after which the pain worsens again and we're back to square 1.
I want to know, is there anything here that chiropractic can help with?
Thank you so much for your time.
Cathy Hello Cathy,
I regret this is beyond me, but my gut feeling is that chiropractic is unlikely to contribute more than your osteopathic treatment.
In fact I'm surprised that manipulation of your neck helps since the facial nerve goes nowhere near your neck. It appears the trigeminal nerve has been affected too.
Yes, it's true that the vertebral artery can be affected by the spine, and perhaps that's where you get some relief.
I'm sorry I have little to offer. The esteemed chiropractic neurologist Dr Carrick has an indepth course that many British chiropractors are studying. May I suggest you contact the British Chiropractic association and ask if there are any Carrick trained chiropractors in your area.