Can Chiropractic Services Help Treat TMJ?
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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder affects several million Americans every year. It’s more common in women than men, but the pain experienced is the same. The term TMJ not only describes the joints between the upper and lower jaws, it is often used to refer to the actual pain in those joints as well. Many people recommend seeing a dentist or oral surgeon for corrections to your bite, however, chiropractors have proven effective at treating TMJ non-invasively.
Chiropractors effectively treat TMJ by aligning the spine and the nervous system ensuring that all functions of the body are communicating properly. They follow this up by targeting the muscles and joints surrounding the afflicted temporomandibular joints. Chiropractors help relax these muscles and ensure proper alignment then take treatment further by utilizing massage and trigger point therapy. A skilled doctor can manipulate these trigger points located throughout the neck and jaw to relieve the pain associated with TMJ and even prevent TMJ from recurring in the future.
In addition to treating patients in the office, chiropractors also provide exercises to strengthen the joints and the surrounding muscles. As always, our goal is to provide relief for our patients and treat the underlying cause and not just the symptoms. Our skilled doctors also focus on keeping patients TMJ-free by working to retrain the body to hold proper alignment.
If you’re experiencing TMJ, please contact either of our offices if you have any further questions.