TMD Can Be Effectively Treated With Chiropractic

Temporomandibular disorder or TMJ can be a very painful and annoying condition that can affect the whole body.

What is TMJ/TMD?
This condition consists of dysfunction, tension and pain of the joints and surrounding tissues of the upper or lower jaw.

Researchers agree that TMJ or TMD dysfunction can be placed into these categories:

  • A displaced disc or dislocated jaw – An injury to the jaw can lead to TMD symptoms. Getting hit in the jaw or any overuse of the jaw can lead to chronic tightness and dysfunction.
  • Myofacial and soft tissue (muscle) pain-Severe tension in the muscles and fascia in this area can lead to limitation and pain.
  • Degenerative joint disease-Inflammation of the joints caused by osteo or rheumatoid arthritis can be a cause.

In most cases there is a combination of these three factors involved with TMD.

What are some signs that you could be suffering from this condition?

  • Locking of the jaw or very limited movement.
  • Pain that radiates into the face, neck and shoulders.
  • An obvious change in the way the teeth in the upper and lower jaw fit together.
  • Ear aches, hearing problems, headaches, dizziness and also difficulty swallowing.

For many people, this can become a chronic condition that can become very painful, irritating and zap the energy out of you on a daily basis.

Can chiropractic help Temporomandibular disorder ?
Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in alleviating symptoms and finding solutions to help the root problem without drugs or surgery. It all starts from a skilled and knowledgeable professional giving a thorough examination and creating the proper treatment plan to help this condition.

The combination of correcting misalignments in the spine and jaw as well as focusing on relaxing muscle and fascia, are some keys to correcting this problem in the clinic.

In fact, chiropractic has had much success in successfully treating TMD. A survey from a major health maintenance organization in 2003 reported that 66% of treatments consisted of some form of complementary medicine including chiropractic to treat this condition with much success.

As with most problems, what is done in the clinic is only part of the treatment plan to successfully recover from TMD. Many chiropractors will implement a treatment of self stretching, relaxation techniques and even suggest a mouth guard if teeth grinding is a part of the problem.

Many TMD sufferers don’t realize that stress and and anxiety can contribute to tense muscles. This means that understanding the source of stress and tension and finding effective solutions to alleviate or control the effects of stress and worry is just as important as treating the physical symptoms of TMD.

A multi method treatment is usually required and a chiropractor has the education, skills and tools to formulate the right treatment plan to help you successfully recover and heal from this condition.

Advanced Spinal Clinic has successfully helped many patients with TMD and we can also help you. Give us a call so we can answer your questions and get you the help that you need now.