TMJ: Chiropractic Solutions
A simple at home test can help determine if you may be suffering from TMJ. Simply open your mouth as wide as you can, now close it. Did you feel a pop at the top of your jaw near your ear? Was it painful or did it make your jaw feel stiff? If it did, you may be suffering from TMJ. This condition is extremely common, it’s basically summarized as pain or dysfunction in the muscles and joints of the jaw. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Sometimes it’s referred to as TMD or TMJD.
Certain Chiropractic Care techniques are proving to be a promising treatment for TMJ. In 2013, a study of 15 patients who suffered from TMJ showed improvement in their ability to open their jaws fully and their pain decreased in intensity. Another convincing tidbit was a survey that was performed in 2003 where information from 192 people was collected and analyzed. Around two-thirds of participants reported using an alternative form of medicine to treat their TMJ, almost all surveyed combined complementary methods with traditional methods. The most relief was reported to be from hands-on methods, especially chiropractic treatments.
Some effective treatments for TMJ that we offer at our Orange City and Daytona Beach Chiropractic offices are:
- Trigger point therapy (myofascial) has been known to help pain from TMJ. It uses pressure on sensitive trigger points or “knots”. It helps relieve pain and promotes healthy function.
- Chiropractic adjustments can reposition your jaw and fix the underlying cause that originally misaligned your jaw. Not only can this treat your TMJ, but this can also help prevent your TMJ from ever coming back.
- Massage therapy may be used to relax the surrounding muscles in the jaw. This allows the jaw to become more flexible and easier to administer treatment.
- Additional therapies such as vitamin supplements, jaw exercises, ice therapy, and more.
With severe TMJ it’s advisable to avoid gum chewing, anesthesia or anything else that may requires the jaw to be open for more than 30 minutes. If you or someone you know is experiencing pain in their jaw area, please do not hesitate to call to schedule an appointment.