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TMJ: What Is It and How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Back pain, headaches, and cricks in the neck. You have 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 can help with related to jaw pain. But how do you know if you have it? Let’s take a look at the specifics of TMJ and how a chiropractor may be able to help treat the discomfort that comes with it.
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, sore and swollen. The cause of the disorder can vary widely, and in some instances, no known cause is ever discovered.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of TMJ can vary widely from person to person, but some of the more typical problems are fairly common among most sufferers. These symptoms might include pain in the jaw, trouble chewing or talking, headaches, teeth grinding (also called bruxism), clenching teeth, jaw joint pain and neck pain. In some cases, the patient may also experience a bit of dizziness. Since other ailments can cause similar problems, it’s important to be treated by a professional specialist.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractors can help with TMJ by alleviating tension and dysfunction in the spine. As chiropractors alleviate this dysfunction, it reduces the pressure on various nerves, which then alleviates pain associated with TMJ with needing surgery or splints. Many people who have TMJ need continual care in order to keep the pain and other side effects away. Most think they need to see a dentist. However, with regular trips to a specialist such as a chiropractor, many sufferers of this condition find ongoing relief from this particular ailment.
BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR TMJ
Chiropractic care is helpful for patients who have tried a variety of methods to treat their TMJ and are struggling to manage the TMJ or temporomandibular joint dysfunction symptoms. Chiropractic care is a non invasive form of treatment that involves no addictive medications.
Chiropractic techniques are gentle enough to use on children and effective enough to help adults. In addition to helping patients manage their TMJ, our chiropractors can also help patients boost their immune system and manage their chronic conditions.