Barre Lieou Syndrome

A Closer Look At The Barre Lieou Syndrome

A Description Of The Problem – The Barre Lieou Syndrome, named after two physicians who discovered the syndrome independently, involves the nerves at the back of the neck. These nerves, called the autonomic or sympathetic nerves, lie in close proximity to the vertebrae in the neck, the cervical vertebrae, and can be pinched by excessive movement, known as subluxations, of these vertebrae.

If the ligaments supporting the vertebrae in this part of the spinal column become weakened, usually as a result of the head being held in a forward position (looking downwards) for extended periods of time. The ligaments, being weakened and stretched, can no longer easily hold the head upright, and the sympathetic nerves become pinched, the condition and the associated symptoms are known as the Barre Lieou Syndrome.

A Multiplicity Of Symptoms - There are a number of symptoms associated with the Barre-Lieou Syndrome, the most common being headaches and neck pain, but there are many symptoms which are more severe, and are not always easily traceable to a problem in the neck. Injury to or irritation of the nerves in the spinal column, often lead to symptoms that are experienced in other parts of the body, seemingly having no relationship to the ligaments, vertebrae, or nerves in the neck.

Barre Lieou Syndrome symptoms may include overall muscle weakness and a feeling of fatigue, sinus congestion, hoarseness and even a loss of voice, facial, eye, or ear pain or numbness. The shoulders may feel painful, vision may become blurred, and one side of the face may become swollen.

It is apparent that just one or two of these symptoms may not give a clue to the source of the problem, but mostly several of the seemingly unrelated symptoms are present, making a correct diagnosis easier.

Most Treatments Provide Only Temporary Relief - There are several treatments which will relieve symptoms of the syndrome, but the effects are usually only temporary as the cause, the laxity of the ligaments, is not addressed and corrected. These temporary treatments include several different medications and massage techniques. To cure the Barre Lieou Syndrome permanently however it is necessary to realign the vertebrae in the neck so they are once again in their proper position. Once this happens, the sympathetic nerves will no longer be pinched, and the symptoms will disappear, often immediately. This assumes that no permanent damage has been done to the sympathetic nerves. Sometimes people mildly affected by the syndrome may experience a particular symptom for years, such as sinus congestion, not knowing the cause as it is never correctly diagnosed. If a correct diagnosis is made, and the vertebrae are subsequently correctly aligned, what seems to have been a seemingly chronic condition may disappear overnight.


Treating The Syndrome By Prolotherapy - The usual method of treating and curing the syndrome is a bit unusual, somewhat akin to fighting a forest fire by starting other fires in its path. The technique, called Prolotherapy, involves causing the affected ligaments in the neck and spinal column to become inflamed. This inflammatory condition causes the body to react, as it does whenever inflammation is present, and since the body heals by inflammation, this reaction leads to healing of the affected ligaments. Whether one is experiencing a single symptom or a whole host of symptoms due to the Barre Lieou Syndrome, the Prolotherapy treatment will eliminate all of them, and eliminate them permanently.

Summary - The greatest problem associated with the Barre Lieou Syndrome lies not in the treatment required, but in making the correct diagnosis, something which can be very difficult to do at times. This might just be a case of, the more symptoms the better, as far as finding the cause is concerned. Once the cause of the problem, the Barre-Lieou syndrome is uncovered, Prolotherapy usually leads to a cure.