TMJ Pain Syndrome

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a condition that affects the joints connecting the jawbone to the skull. It is a common cause of jaw pain and discomfort, and it can also lead to headaches, neck pain, and ear pain.

TMJ disorder is caused by a variety of factors, including clenching or grinding of the teeth, arthritis, injury to the jaw, and stress. The symptoms of TMJ disorder can range from mild to severe, and they can have a significant impact on daily life.

Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive treatment option for TMJ disorder. Chiropractors focus on the health of the entire musculoskeletal system, including the jaw, neck, and spine. By correcting any misalignments in these areas, chiropractors can help to alleviate the pressure and tension that contribute to TMJ disorder.

Spinal adjustments are a common technique used by chiropractors to improve joint function and alleviate pain. These adjustments can help to reduce muscle tension and improve the range of motion of the jaw. In addition, chiropractors may also use massage and other manual techniques to help reduce pain and improve overall health.

Chiropractors may also use exercises and other therapeutic techniques to help improve the health of the temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles. By strengthening these muscles and improving their function, chiropractors can help to prevent future episodes of TMJ disorder.

Some causes of TMJ include:

  • TMJ inflammation or disc disease
  • Hypermobile TMJ
  • Grinding teeth (bruxism)
  • Muscle spasms
  • Trauma such as a car accident
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

At the Canadian Muscle and Joint Pain Clinic, we can treat many forms of TMJ, using the following techniques:

  • Soft tissue techniques such as Graston therapy
  • Trigger point therapy surrounding the muscles of TMJ, such as masseter, temporalis, pterygoids
  • TMJ and cervical osseous manipulation
  • Friction massage therapy
  • Electrotherapy and Ultrasound
  • Supplements such as kava, valerian, bioflavinoids

The prognosis of TMJ is quite favourable, with an estimated 75% of patients having their symptoms resolve within three months, with a comprehensive treatment plan.

In conclusion, TMJ disorder is a common cause of jaw pain and discomfort that can also lead to headaches, neck pain, and ear pain. Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive treatment option that can help to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder and improve overall health. If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, consider visiting a chiropractor for a consultation.

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