Back pain, headaches, and cricks in the neck. You’ve probably already heard that the chiropractor is an excellent means for ridding your body of these ailments. But what you may not know is that chiropractic care is also beneficial for many other ailments in the body.

Temporomandibular joint disorders are among the many problems that a chiropractor may be able to help with. Understanding the role that chiropractic care can play with the treatment of TMJ can help patients decide whether or not it chiropractic care is right for them.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is the shortened name for temporomandibular joint disorders. It describes a group of disorders in which the connecting point between the jaw and the skull becomes painful and swollen. The cause of the disorder can vary widely, and in some instances, no known cause is ever discovered.

What causes TMJ?

TMJ can occur for a variety of reasons. Grinding your teeth, stress, injury and even osteoarthritis can all cause TMJ. For some people, the first sign of TMJ is pain in the jaw when using the mouth.

For others, signs of TMJ may include:

  • clicking or popping noises in the jaw when opening and closing the mouth
  • difficulty opening the mouth all the way
  • dizziness
  • headaches
  • toothaches
  • neck pain
  • swelling on one side of the face or locking of the jaw

TMJ & Chiropractic

Chiropractic care for the your TMJ joint can ease pain by correcting the misalignment between your spine and nervous system. Chiropractic can be effective at reducing your pain associated with your  TMJ, either when used alone or as a complement to other treatments. This is because, rather than changing your diet or modifying your teeth; it relaxes your muscles, adjusts your joints and uses specific trigger points to accurately re-position your jaw. When done successfully, this will not only relieve your pain in the short run, but it can help prevent your TMJ pain from returning.

Chiropractic treatment of the TMJ joint focuses on relieving tension in the muscles around the joints themselves, using trigger point therapy. (A trigger point is a very sensitive area made of muscle fibers. Trigger points feel like knots and may cause pain or even a twitching response when pressure is applied to them.)

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ, receiving treatment from a chiropractor can help.

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