Embracing the Power of Yoga to help with Trigeminal Neuralgia

Embracing the Power of Yoga: A Gentle Approach to Managing yoga Trigeminal Neuralgia


‘On this International Day of Yoga, we turn our focus towards a topic that often goes unnoticed – the potential role of yoga in managing Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). Trigeminal Neuralgia, known for causing some of the most severe pains a human can endure, affects the trigeminal nerve, leading to intense facial pain. Could yoga, a practice celebrated for promoting physical and mental harmony, offer some relief to those living with this condition?’ Aneeta Prem MBE

Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a condition characterized by piercing or shock-like facial pain. It can affect anyone, irrespective of age or health status. Traditional treatment options for TN range from anticonvulsant drugs to surgical procedures. However, these treatments can bring about their own set of challenges and side effects.

The Potential Role of Yoga

Yoga, a practice dating back thousands of years, is increasingly recognized in modern medicine for its potential to manage a variety of health conditions. Yoga’s focus on deep breathing, gentle movements, and mindfulness can help individuals develop better pain management strategies.

Research Supporting Yoga’s Role in Pain Management

While direct research linking yoga with TN is limited, studies illustrating yoga’s benefits for pain management in general exist. A study published in 2020 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) demonstrated that yoga can assist with managing various chronic pain conditions 1. Additionally, a 2017 study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine showed that yoga could reduce the impact of migraines, a neurological condition that also involves nerve pain 2.

Practical Yoga Practices for Pain Management

Here are five gentle yoga practices that could potentially help individuals living with Trigeminal Neuralgia. Always remember to consult with a healthcare provider or a trained yoga instructor before starting any new practice.

1. Pranayama (Breath Control)

Yoga techniques like Anulom Vilom (Alternate Nostril Breathing) promote calmness and reduce stress, which may lessen the perception of pain.

2. Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Savasana is a deep relaxation technique that reduces muscle tension and encourages a sense of peace.

3. Gentle Neck Stretches

Simple, gentle neck movements can alleviate tension and improve flexibility.

4. Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)

This restorative pose encourages relaxation and aids pain management by allowing gentle blood flow towards the face and brain.

5. Meditation

Mindfulness meditation, a central aspect of yoga, can help one become more aware of their body and pain sensations, potentially aiding in better pain management.

6. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

The child’s Pose is a gentle resting pose that helps release tension in the back, shoulders, and neck. It promotes relaxation and can provide relief from facial pain associated with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

7. Cat-Cow Pose (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana)

Cat-Cow Pose is a dynamic movement that involves alternating between arching the back (cat pose) and extending it (cow pose). This practice helps increase spinal flexibility and releases tension in the neck and upper back.

8. Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

Forward Fold is a calming pose that stretches the entire back body, including the neck and shoulders. It promotes blood circulation and relaxation, potentially reducing facial pain.

9. Seated Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Seated Spinal Twist is a gentle twisting pose that releases tension in the spine and stimulates the digestive system. It may alleviate discomfort in the face and jaw associated with Trigeminal Neuralgia.

10. Legs-up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

Legs-up-the-Wall Pose, as mentioned earlier, is a restorative pose that allows gentle blood flow towards the face and brain. It promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and can provide relief from facial pain.

Remember, it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider or a trained yoga instructor before attempting any new yoga practice. They can guide you with modifications and ensure that the practices are suitable for your specific condition.


On this International Day of Yoga, let’s remember that yoga is more than just exercise—it’s a practice that promotes mind-body harmony, which may offer a source of comfort for those living with conditions like Trigeminal Neuralgia. While yoga can provide many benefits, it is not a substitute for traditional medical treatment of conditions like Trigeminal Neuralgia. Always listen to your body and never push into poses or practices that cause discomfort.



  1. “Effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Usual Care on Back Pain and Functional Limitations in Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial”, JAMA, 2020.
  2. “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga for Pregnant Women with Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety”, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2017.

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National Volunteers Week


National Volunteers Week

Thank you  Volunteers Assisting the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

During the esteemed National Volunteers Week, it is my utmost pleasure to convey our appreciation to the dedicated volunteers who wholeheartedly support the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (TNA) and the facial pain community.

These exceptional individuals,

many of whom bravely face the challenges of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) or facial pain themselves, provide invaluable assistance by selflessly manning the helpline, email helpline, and organizing regional support groups.

By diligently attending the helpline and email helpline day in and day out, you become the compassionate voice of empathy.

Offering solace and understanding to those grappling with TN and facial pain. Your personal experiences enable you to provide not only comfort and support but also invaluable firsthand knowledge and insights, guiding sufferers through their darkest moments.

 The volunteers who lead

Coordinate the regional support groups. These dedicated leaders, often enduring these conditions themselves, create safe and inclusive spaces for individuals experiencing facial pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Through your efforts, you bring people together, fostering a sense of community, understanding, and healing.

The helpline, email helpline, and regional support groups serve as lifelines for those seeking support and reassurance.

The empathy, care, and unwavering dedication you demonstrate leave an indelible impact on the lives of individuals affected by facial pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia.

National Volunteers Week, we sincerely hope that the public recognizes the indispensable role you play within our community.


Each call answered every email attended, and every regional support group meeting organized and led to contribute to the cause we ardently champion.

Thank you.  Your selflessness and unwavering dedication have made an immeasurable difference in the lives of countless individuals.

If anyone would consider volunteering for us.

We would love to hear from you. You could help on the telephone or email helpline. Run a Regional support group for fundraising.

We have many great opportunities and we will be grateful for your time and commitment

Please contact us we look forward to welcoming you to the TNA facial pain charity.