If you regularly suffer from jaw pain it is possible that you have TMJ (temporomandibular jaw disorder), which affects approximately 10 million people across the country, with it being more common in women than men. It may surprise you to know that a chiropractor can help with TMJ pain. The reason they can help is that your jaw is a small joint, and a chiropractor’s specialty, as joint and musculoskeletal specialists, is easing joint pain, including jaw pain, and increasing your level of health.
What is the Cause of TMJ Pain?
TMJ affects the jaw muscles and connected nerves between the jawbone and the skull, or temporomandibular. The symptoms can include:
- Nerve pain
- Teeth grinding
- Pain when chewing
- The jaw makes a clicking sound when opening and closing.
Possibly the misalignment, or grinding of teeth may lead to TMJ, though the exact cause is not known. Poor posture resulting in upper back or neck strain could also put a strain on the jaw. Another possibility contributing to TMJ is stress which often results in jaw clenching. However, all is not lost; long-term relief from TMJ is possible with chiropractic care by Innovative Chiropractic in Mill Creek, WA.
The Root Cause of TMJ can be Treated with Chiropractic Care
To relieve pain throughout the body, chiropractors focus on neurologically based care increasing overall health and function. Chiropractic care is perfect for managing TMJ symptoms because they can be traced back to nerve pain and besides the jaw is a joint. By adjusting the jaw joint, chiropractors are able relieve the tension causing the TMJ pain. If the spine and nerves are misaligned, they can cause interference which result in TMJ symptoms. By adjusting the spine, a chiropractor can remove misalignments and reestablish nerve communication, bringing you relief from TMJ pain. The big plus is that the body functions at higher levels of health, increasing your immune system function, giving you better digestion and relief from headaches, and so much more.
If others find chiropractic care for TMJ beneficial, so can you! Contact Innovative Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment.