TMJ is an acronym that stands for temporomandibular joint, the joint located just in front of the ear on either side of the head. The temporomandibular joints and surrounding ligaments and muscles hold the mandible, or lower jawbone, to the temporal bone of the skull. Many Folks experience some sort of temporomandibular-related pain or even a temporomandibular disorder TMD. The National institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that 10 million Americans have TMJ.
The National Institutes of Health and The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends conservative, reversible treatments as the best route of action. Our doctors agree and recommend choosing non-invasive treatments first, rather than aggressive treatments like surgery and implants. Chiropractic treatments may alleviate some of the symptoms of TMD through manipulation of the jaw and muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint, potentially relieving tension and pain.
TMJ disorders, though not life threatening or lethal, do negatively impact the quality of life. If left unchecked, symptoms may worsen over time and assume and become chronic irritants. People suffering the following discomforts should get themselves checked to know if they have a temporomandibular joint disorder and seek treatment accordingly.
- Dull aching pain around the ear and back of the head and down the neck
- Pain when biting, chewing, talking or opening an closing the mouth
- Clicking, popping or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
- Jaw or TMJ pain
- Locking of the Jaw
TMJ disorder can be an extremely frustrating condition and it is important to get checked by a chiropractor who has experience with this joint. Our office performs a comprehensive exam to find the best possible non-invasive treatment methods which may include massage, myofascial release, specific exercises, light force adjustments, and at-home directions to reduce pain. Make an appointment to talk to one of our professional staff we would be more than happy to help you diagnose the pain.
Our doctors will provide top-notch chiropractic care regardless of where your pain started. We are devoted to improving our patients’ health and putting your body and nervous system in optimum health.
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