The TMJ Association estimates 35 million people in the United States are affected by temporomandibular disorders. Temporomandibular disorders refer to the pain, inflammation and/or dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. Common causes of TMJ include:
- Jaw injuries
- Excessive jaw clenching or teeth grinding
- Dental or surgical procedures where the mouth is kept open for an extended period
Your Temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) is the muscle that connects your jaw to your temporal bone. People with temporomandibular disorders may experience all (or some) of the following symptoms:
- Head, neck or jaw pain
- Jaw-clicking or popping
- Lock-jaw or night-time teeth grinding
A variety of treatments are available for TMJ – but not all treatments are created equal. The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial research cautions against invasive surgeries for treatment and recommends safer, less invasive methods of care – such as chiropractic treatment for TMJ.
Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ
A medical or dental professional will typically prescribe a night-guard or over-the-counter pain medication for the treatment of TMJ. However, these methods only provide temporary relief.
Chiropractic care provides a comprehensive approach to living with and treating TMJ disorders over a longer amount of time. A study authored by the Pacific Coast Faculty Resource Group, suggests chiropractic treatment – when used bi-weekly and for several weeks or more – has a positive influence on TMJ pain and jaw clicking.
Another article published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine highlights chiropractic treatment for TMJ as a low-cost and conservative method of care. Patients who receive chiropractic care report increased TMJ mobility and a decrease in discomfort and swelling.
Chiropractic therapy provides patients with a proven method of pain-relief and the tools needed for improving their condition overtime. TMJ sufferers receiving chiropractic treatment learn about long-term pain management techniques as well as the exercises and stretches necessary for recovery.
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