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  • How Chiropractic Can Help TMJ

    If you suffer from Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), more commonly known as TMJ, you’re definitely not alone. TMJ typically refers to a wide variety of conditions that affect your jaw muscles, joints and facial nerves. Specifically, TMJ is brought on by acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which is what connects your mandible to your skull.

    Symptoms of TMJ include pain in and around the ear, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, jaw pain, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, sensitive teeth and a loud grinding or popping noise when opening your mouth.  

    Can Chiropractic Care Help? 

    Absolutely! Most people think going to a chiropractor is only for those suffering with back and neck pain. But the reality is, chiropractic can help with a variety of joint and muscle issues, including the pain of TMJ. 

    While there are different pain relief techniques a chiropractor can use, we commonly focus on soft tissue work, specifically targeting the masseter, temporalis and pterygoid muscles. One of the best things about working with a chiropractor is that we can show you tissue work that you can do at home in between visits. Working together, we can really help to manage your TMJ pain and make life more bearable. 

    In addition to soft tissue work, we will also assess your jaw joint and adjust if necessary. Some of our patients also greatly benefit from dry needling or laser treatment, which can often speed up the healing process of the tissue. 

    If you are suffering from TMJ pain and popping, please give us a call or stop by our office. We’ll be happy to speak more with you about how we can help!