Chiropractic care for TMJ pain
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction can cause significant pain in the jaw, mouth, and neck. Chiropractic care can help to determine the cause of TMJ issues and alleviate pain and tension. Read on to learn what TJM is and how chiropractic can help.
TMJ is the commonly used term for inflammation in and around the joints of the jaw. Symptoms of dysfunction include jaw pain, ear pain, dizziness and headaches, and clicking or popping of the jaw. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive option that helps to restore proper motion to the joint and relieve tension in the surrounding soft tissues.
When motion in the TMJ is restricted on one side or the other, the jaw does not move symmetrically. This leads to improper function and can cause pain with chewing or talking. Gentle adjustments to the jaw can be done using the hands or an activator adjusting tool. The balance of muscles surrounding the jaw are equally as important as the motion of the joint. Soft tissue work helps to alleviate tension and allow the jaw to relax. Specific exercises and stretches can be done at home to re-train the muscles so both sides of the jaw work in unison.
If you have jaw pain or other symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, chiropractic care may be very beneficial. Ask your chiropractor today how we can help!