February 19, 2024

Trigeminal Neuralgia & Cranial Facial Release (CFR)

If you or someone you love is living with the excruciating pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia, you know how debilitating and frustrating this condition can be. The sudden, electric shock-like pain in the face can make even the simplest tasks, like brushing your teeth or putting on makeup, feel like a battle. But what if we told you there's a gentle, non-invasive treatment that could help ease your pain and improve your quality of life? It's called Cranial Facial Release (CFR), and it's offering new hope for people with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia

Before we dive into how CFR can help, let's take a closer look at what Trigeminal Neuralgia is and how it affects the body.

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. Even the slightest touch or movement can trigger a jolt of intense pain that can last for seconds or minutes.

The exact cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia isn't always clear, but it's often related to compression or irritation of the trigeminal nerve. This can be due to a variety of factors, including a blood vessel pressing on the nerve, a tumor, or even a viral infection.

How CFR Can Help

So, what makes CFR different from other treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia? Let's break it down.

Addressing Cranial Restrictions

CFR practitioners understand that even the slightest misalignments or restrictions in the cranial bones can put pressure on the trigeminal nerve, contributing to pain and inflammation. By gently manipulating these bones, CFR aims to release any restrictions and promote better alignment, which may help reduce the frequency and intensity of pain episodes.

Improving Fluid Flow

Another key aspect of CFR is its focus on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the clear liquid that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord. When CSF flow is disrupted, it can contribute to a wide range of health issues, including Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Through gentle manipulations, CFR practitioners work to optimize CSF movement, reducing pressure and inflammation around the trigeminal nerve. This can help create a more balanced environment for the nerve to function properly.

Releasing Tension in Facial Muscles

If you have Trigeminal Neuralgia, you know how much tension can build up in the muscles of your face, jaw, and neck. This tension can actually make your pain worse and more frequent.

CFR techniques include targeted massage and stretching to release tension in these areas, promoting relaxation and improved blood flow. By easing tension in the facial muscles, CFR may help reduce the likelihood of pain triggers and provide much-needed relief.

Balancing the Nervous System

CFR also aims to promote balance in the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which plays a crucial role in regulating pain perception and stress responses. When the ANS is out of balance, it can amplify pain signals and make it harder for your body to cope with the stress of chronic pain.

By helping the body find a state of calm and reducing stress on the nervous system, CFR may improve your body's ability to manage pain and promote overall healing.

A Holistic Approach to Pain Management

One of the things that sets CFR apart from other treatments for Trigeminal Neuralgia is its holistic, whole-person approach. Rather than just masking symptoms with medication, CFR practitioners look at the big picture, taking into account factors like:

  • Cranial bone alignment
  • CSF flow
  • Muscular tension in the face and neck
  • Nervous system balance
  • Overall stress levels

By addressing these interconnected aspects of health, CFR offers a path to pain relief that goes beyond just managing symptoms.

Is CFR Right for You?

Of course, every person's experience with Trigeminal Neuralgia is different, and what works for one may not work for another. That's why at Limitless Chiropractic ATX, we take a personalized approach to care.

If you're considering CFR for your Trigeminal Neuralgia, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced practitioners. We'll take the time to listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you determine if CFR is a good fit for your unique needs and goals.


If you're tired of living with the relentless pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia, Cranial Facial Release may be the natural, non-invasive solution you've been looking for. At Limitless Chiropractic ATX, our team of compassionate, experienced practitioners is here to support you on your journey to better health and a more pain-free life.

Don't let Trigeminal Neuralgia control your life any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards finding relief and reclaiming your quality of life.

Dr. Scott Mitchell

About the author

Dr. Scott Mitchell, a Boston-accented chiropractor with a passion for holistic health,dedicates his life to helping people unlock their LIMITLESS potential through personalized chiropractic care.