Jaw pain can make chewing, yawning, and talking a painful experience. This is a syndrome known as Temporomandibular Joint syndrome or disorder or TMJ and TMD. What happens is the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the skull becomes inflamed. It is part of the musculoskeletal system, which means that chiropractors can treat the syndrome with various chiropractic techniques that include soft tissue work and temporomandibular joint adjustments. Chiropractic can bring lasting relief from Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome/Disorder.
How to Tell if TMJ Is Present
Jaw pain is the most common symptom but there are other factors that can cause pain. To help determine if it is TMJ, here is a list of additional symptoms:
Difficulty or pain moving the mouth such as when chewing
Popping sensation sound when opening/closing the jaw
Cracking sensation sound when opening or closing the jaw
If it is TMJ should an individual see a dentist or a chiropractor? This depends on the situation and individual.
If TMJ is caused by teeth grinding while sleeping, or there is pain/problems with the teeth then seeing a dentist is recommended.
If TMJ pain is accompanied by joint or muscle pain, or there is neck and/or back pain, then chiropractic is recommended.
Certain cases could require dental treatment and a chiropractor for the joint issues.
Chiropractic TMJ Treatment
One way chiropractic treats TMJ is through jaw adjustment/s. This varies from patient to patient. An example assessment and adjustment for TMJ.
The chiropractor will utilize the most beneficial technique/s for each individual.
The chiropractor will have the individual open and close their jaw while feeling each side.
They will determine which side opens first and widest, and which opens last and not as wide.
Then they will perform a jaw adjustment through gentle pressure applied to both sides of the jaw.
Soft Tissue Treatment
A contributor to jaw pain can be attributed to the muscles that are used to open and close. In this case, the chiropractor will perform soft tissue manipulation to loosen them up. This releases the jaw so it evens out. This also helps with headaches associated with TMJ. The focus is on three muscles:
A chiropractor will mobilize these muscles applying pressure repeatedly as the individual opens and closes their mouth.
Jaw Exercise Therapy
The chiropractor will recommend exercises to help quicken the healing process and strengthen the muscles. These are simple exercises that can be done at home or work to help relieve any discomfort or pain and for prevention.
Place one thumb under the chin
Open the mouth and gently push against it with the thumb
Hold for 5 to 8 seconds then close mouth
Repeat a few times every day
Open the mouth holding the chin with the index finger and thumb from both hands
Close jaw with gentle resistance with the fingers
Hold for 5 to 8 seconds
Repeat a few times every day
A chiropractor may collaborate with a dentist to provide the best treatment plan.
Dehydration happens when the body loses more water than it can replace. This can come from frequent:
Too much alcohol the night before
When dehydration sets in a wide range of symptoms can present. Early signs/symptoms include:
If dehydration is not addressed in the early stages, it can lead to not having the urge/need to urinate. There is potential for long-term health issues like high blood pressure. High blood pressure is common for individuals that are chronically dehydrated. When the body’s cells lack water, the brain sends a signal to secrete vasopressin, which is a chemical that constricts the blood vessels. This causes blood pressure to rise. This could eventually lead to heart failure. If the blood vessels continue to progressively narrow, oxygen, and blood circulation to the brain decreases. This results in migraine headaches and decreased ability to concentrate.
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The information herein on "Temporomandibular Joint, Jaw Pain, Chiropractic Lasting Relief" is not intended to replace one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, or licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own healthcare decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.
Our information scopeis limited to Chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, contributing etiological viscerosomatic disturbances within clinical presentations, associated somatovisceral reflex clinical dynamics, subluxation complexes, sensitive health issues, and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions.
We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.*
Our office has reasonably attempted to provide supportive citations and identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request.
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