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How Can a TMJ Chiropractor Help Alleviate Jaw Pain?

Dealing with jaw pain can significantly disrupt your daily life, turning routine activities like speaking, chewing, and yawning into sources of discomfort or even intense pain. This type of pain often comes from issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), a hinge that connects your jaw to the skull. For those struggling with TMJ-related disorders, the specialized expertise of a TMJ chiropractor can offer some much-needed relief. Read on to learn why and how Greater Life Chiropractic can help.

Understanding TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is an important joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone at the side of the head. This joint is unique because it allows for a wide range of movement, including opening and closing the mouth, chewing, and speaking. Disorders of this joint can stem from a variety of factors, leading to a range of uncomfortable and sometimes severe symptoms.

These disorders may arise from jaw injuries, arthritis, excessive gum chewing, poor posture, stress, teeth grinding, or clenching. These issues can prompt misalignments or undue stress on the joint, culminating in pain and functional difficulties. Symptoms commonly associated with TMJ disorders include jaw pain or tenderness, difficulty chewing, earaches, and the jaw joint clicking or locking. Additional symptoms might include headaches, neck pain, and facial tiredness.

The Chiropractic Approach to TMJ Disorders

Chiropractic care offers a holistic approach to treating TMJ disorders, focusing on the body’s innate healing capabilities without resorting to invasive methods or medications.

Charlotte chiropractors employ precise adjustments to the jaw and adjacent areas, mitigating the TMJ’s stress and fostering pain relief and enhanced functionality. Given that TMJ disorders often entail muscle tension, TMJ chiropractors can also utilize specific techniques to soothe and release these muscles, thereby diminishing discomfort and boosting functionality.

Studies have shown that this approach works. For example, in one study of 14 people with TMJ pain, all symptoms were improved or even eliminated with regular care from a TMJ chiropractor. These results are also evident in other studies, which show that chiropractic care can be effective for reducing TMJ pain and symptoms.

Why Opt for a TMJ Chiropractor?

Choosing a TMJ chiropractor presents a non-invasive, medication-free alternative for treatment. This approach not only seeks to alleviate symptoms but also addresses the underlying causes of TMJ disorders, paving the way for a holistic recovery journey.

Navigating the challenges of TMJ-related jaw pain can be daunting, but support is within reach. Greater Life Chiropractic is at the forefront of offering personalized, holistic care for TMJ disorders. Our team of TMJ chiropractors led by Dr. Grant Lisetor is committed to guiding you toward achieving pain relief and an enhanced sense of well-being.

Whether you’re exploring chiropractic care for the first time or seeking specialized attention for TMJ disorders, we’re here to help. Don’t let jaw pain dominate your life. Reach out to Greater Life Chiropractic today and discover how our chiropractic solutions can facilitate your recovery and improve your overall health.

Sources

Muacevic, A., Adler, J.R., Chu, E.C., Lee, W.T., Chau, C., Wong, E., Cheng, H.Y. “Temporomandibular Disorder Treated With Chiropractic Therapy.” Cureus, 2023 Mar; 15(3): e36377. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10025577/

Pavia, S., Fischer, R., Roy, R. “Chiropractic Treatment of Temporomandibular Dysfunction: A Retrospective Case Series.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2015 Dec; 14(4): 279–284. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4688559/