Chiropractic and TMJ

Two of the most common conditions involving the head that chiropractors treat are TMJ syndrome and headaches.

The TMJ is where your jaw bone connects to the skull. It is also called the temporomandibular joint, TMJ for short. Since it is a very mobile joint, any misalignment or restriction in this joint can cause pain in and around the jaw, ear or head.

Causes of TMJ syndrome include: grinding or clenching of the jaw, excessive gum chewing, poor alignment of the teeth, arthritis, genetics, etc. tmj-mayo

Some common symptoms of TMJ syndrome are: pain or tenderness of your jaw, pain in one or both of the TMJ joints, aching pain in and around your ear, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, aching facial pain, or locking of the joint (this makes it difficult to open and close your mouth).

Chiropractors know how how the TMJ, along with many other joints, is suppose to function. After your chiropractor assesses your jaw, they may do an adjustment to your TMJ to put it back in alignment. It’s hard to believe that a chiropractor can adjust your jaw, but if it’s a joint, a chiropractor can adjust it!

When joints become dysfunctional, other surrounding tissues can be negatively impacted. Muscles can become tight and cause pain, and irritation to the nerves can cause pain in other places including headaches.

If you suffer from TMJ or are having issues with jaw pain, headaches, or discomfort it’s time to see a chiropractor!

 

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