Many people are unaware that Chiropractic care includes treatment for Tempromandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
Is it painful when you chew, open wide to yawn or use your jaws? Do you feel pain or soreness in front of the ear, in the jaw muscle, cheek, the teeth or the temples? Do you feel pain or soreness in your teeth? Does your jaw make noises loud enough to bother you or others? Do you find it difficult to open your mouth wide? Does your jaw ever lock/stick when you open it?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may be experiencing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
The Temporomandibular Joint is a hinge that connects your temporal bones to the jaw. The joint can have a common disorder causing jaw clicking, stiffness, pain, and locked jaw while chewing and swallowing called TMD or otherwise known as TMJ. TMJ can occur from the muscles of the jaw tightening thus causing a misalignment. It puts pressure on the joint and compresses the disc. If whiplash or a sudden force happens, TMJ can occur and cause it to stretch and tear pulling it out of position.
Other causes of TMJ:
- Grinding Teeth
- Clenching teeth
Symptoms of TMJ include:
- Head ache
- Shooting pain in the back of the head
- Swallowing difficulties
- Neck Pain
- Clicking in the jaw
- Buzzing/Ringing Noises
- Ear Pain
- Locked jaw
Unfortunately, Women are four times more likely to experience TMJ.
Adjusting the Temporomandibular Joint can be a part of your treatment plan. If you have TMJ, Dr. Kian may message, manipulate, apply heat/ice and do special exercises to relieve irritated nerves and increase your jaw’s range of motion. In most cases, he will first try to relieve symptoms, particularly pain. Chiropractic is great in reducing the pain on TMJ in a non-invasive way.