Chiropractic Care eases the problems that are occurring in the jaw bones and joints for TMJ jaw pain (Temporomandibular joint disorder).
Chiropractors use gentle natural treatments to give relief for pain just below or next to the ear.
As a result patients suffering from this disorder are most likely to suffer from ear related problems such cracking or hearing the joints pop as the mouth opens. The joints in normal condition are supposed to act as shock absorbers, the cushioning effect seems to decrease if any joints experience misalignment or suffer cartilage breakdown.
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Stress caused by chewing may at times cause unbearable pain to the patient’s joints and also to the neighboring muscles, the patient may also suffer from headache, jaw pains, dizziness and earache as a result of disturbance to normal functioning.
Causes of TMJ may be: jaw trauma, an uneven bite, grinding of teeth, bite imbalance as a result of dental restoration, bruxism, a wide yawn, prolonged chewing or having an open mouth for a long period of time. It’s advisable to consult a chiropractor if popping or clicking noises are heard just in front of the ear when the mouth is open.
To determine if the symptoms are as a result of TMJ, x-rays are carried out to determine the TMJ’s area of disfunction. The tests and their analysis help the chiropractor to plan and device a good treatment method and determine the root cause to the problem and resultant pain.
Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ Jaw Pain
A chiropractor for TMJ adjustment is an effective treatment for TMJ pain relief. It involves therapy to help relieve pain, muscle spasms around the joint, and inflammation. Chiropractic treatment aims at reliving muscle tension around the joints working from both the inside and outside the mouth. The Trigger point method eases pain as it corrects the misalignment between the nervous system and the spine. This is more effective as it relaxes the muscles, uses certain trigger points to accurately position the jaw, and adjust joints other than having to change diet or even having to modify teeth.
Dr. Kris may suggest different types of therapies depending on his or her ability to offer them to the patient; he may offer a cold laser therapy that is used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, an ultrasound therapy may be used to reduce inflammation as well as muscle spasms. The activator method that uses a tool to delivers low impact, high frequency adjustments to trigger points is considered the most effective form of chiropractic treatment.
How Chiropractic for TMJ and Jaw Pain Works
A Chiropractor for TMJ will be able to use gentle chiropractic adjustments to align the neck, spine and jaw area. If x-rays are required they can be taken on site and can show areas of misalignment causing the problem.
At Core Wellness Centre, Dr. Kris is a chiropractor that specializes in TMJ and also provides a digital posture analysis, cold laser therapy and exercise routines to facilitate healing.