At least 10 million Americans suffer from disorders related to the temporomandibular joint, known commonly as the TMJ. These disorders are collectively classified as TMD and include any pain and discomfort associated with the jaw and surrounding area. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatments for TMJ disorders and their symptoms. Discover how a chiropractor can help with TMJ!
Are you ready to end pain associated with TMJ? Contact Peak Chiropractic to make an appointment today!
Understanding the TMJ
The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to your skull and facilitates mobility. Problems with the TMJ develop for a wide range of reasons and can lead to lockjaw, pain, and discomfort in the surrounding area.
Due to the many vital functions of the TMJ, disorders related to it can severely degrade your quality of life. For example, strong jaw pain and lockjaw can interfere with your ability to eat and speak. Since it’s such a critical joint, it’s recommended to seek treatment as soon as you experience pain in this area.
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
TMD may affect the neck, jaw movement, and alignment of the bite. In many cases, the exact cause of TMD is unknown, but there are a few factors that potentially contribute to these disorders:
- Excessive gum chewing that wears down the jaw
- Additional pressure caused by braces
- Stress and overwhelming anxiety
- Muscular disorders including arthritis
- Bruxism—habitually grinding your teeth
- Misalignment of your bite
One instance of an aching jaw may not signify a TMJ disorder, but if you recognize a series of symptoms over a period of time, we strongly recommend seeking treatment. Symptoms are widely varied and can include discomfort in the ear, temple, neck, and jaw. These are some of the most common signs that you may be suffering from TMD:
- Popping or clicking of the jaw, known as crepitus
- Pain in the jaw and surrounding area
- Pain, cracking, or ringing in the ears
- Sore, tight, or aching neck and jaw muscles
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Pain and soreness in the shoulders
Notable Risk Factors for TMJ Disorders
Certain traits put people at a greater risk of developing TMJ problems, including:
- Women ages 18-44 are more susceptible
- Those who are more sensitive to pain or stress
- People who have endured dental trauma
- Excessive stress
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your TMD
Depending on the source of your TMJ problems, chiropractic therapy may be able to relieve your symptoms and fix your condition altogether. Explore how these chiropractic treatments can provide relief for your TMJ condition.
Chiropractic adjustments are the quintessential form of chiropractic care, and they may be able to help you overcome your TMJ disorder. Alleviating tension in the spine can help to reduce the pressure on nerves associated with TMJ pain to reduce pain.
At Peak Chiropractic, we rely on the Ultralign System, which provides notable benefits for our patients. While remaining completely upright and fully-clothed, we’ll make subtle adjustments to that you observe on a monitor. This method uses advanced technology to precisely realign your spine and joints. The Ultralign System may be the perfect solution to put an end to your TMJ pain.
Make An Appointment
A slight misalignment in the neck or upper spine can cause a long-term injury in or around the TMJ. Jaw pain can disrupt your quality of life and make fundamental actions like eating and speaking difficult. However, our chiropractic treatments are non-invasive solutions that can reduce inflammation and eliminate pain related to your TMJ.
Contact us today to make an appointment with our experienced team of doctors. We look forward to helping you!