Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) is a broad range of disorders associated with the face, neck, jaw, and shoulders. Approximately 30% of people will experience jaw pain during their lives. This pain is often temporary but can be a severe, chronic, debilitating ailment. TMJD can come from a variety of sources. Strained tendons of the jaw muscles, damage to the temporomandibular joint, poor nerve function, and misalignment of the spine can all cause jaw pain and TMJD.
There are several other symptoms that can result from TMJD besides just jaw pain. These may include:
Often these symptoms are resolved when the TMJD is corrected.
Unlike painful surgeries, uncomfortable mouth guards, and pain medication, chiropractic treatment treats jaw pain at its source. The Journal of Oral Rehabilitation recommends examination of the cervical spine in TMJD patients, even without cervical complaints. By correcting misalignments in the spine and repositioning the jaw, the jaw is allowed to freely move the way it was intended. Pain quickly subsides and function is restored. By combining chiropractic treatment with therapeutic exercises and improvements in posture, a patient can expect to relieve their jaw pain permanently and without the use of pain medications. What’s more, by treating jaw pain at its source, the body is able to respond to any dental changes provided by a dental professional. This results in a longer-lasting, more beautiful smile and greater dental health. For more information on how chiropractic can help alleviate jaw pain, contact 180 Family Chiropractic for a consultation.
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