Jaw pain, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), is a common condition affecting millions worldwide. The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull and allows for jaw movement.
When this joint is damaged or inflamed, it can lead to pain, discomfort, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Many people who suffer from jaw pain wonder if a chiropractor can help alleviate their symptoms. In this article, we will explore the role of chiropractic care in treating TMD (aka jaw pain).
Understanding TMD & Jaw Pain
TMD is a multifactorial condition caused by various factors such as injury, arthritis, stress, teeth grinding, and misaligned teeth. The most common symptoms of TMD include pain or tenderness in the jaw joint, clicking or popping noises when opening and closing the mouth, difficulty opening the mouth, and headaches. TMD can be a debilitating condition that affects one’s quality of life, and it is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Chiropractic Care and TMD
Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders found in all parts of the body. They use manual techniques to adjust or mobilize the joints, release tight musculature and restore proper movement, which can help alleviate pain and improve function.
When it comes to TMD, chiropractors can help by addressing the underlying cause of the condition, which is often related to misalignments in how the is moving. Chiropractic treatments can help realign the jaw joint, reducing the pressure on the joint and surrounding musculature and alleviating pain and discomfort.
Chiropractors often use a variety of soft tissue techniques, such as Active Release Therapy, which involves applying pressure to specific muscle points to release tension and improve blood flow.
In addition to chiropractic treatments, chiropractors will recommend exercises and lifestyle modifications to help manage TMD symptoms. These may include jaw exercises to improve range of motion, stress reduction techniques to reduce tension in the jaw muscles, and dietary changes to reduce inflammation.
Choosing a Chiropractor for TMD Treatment
If you are considering chiropractic care for your TMD, it is essential to choose a qualified and experienced chiropractor who focuses on treating TMD. Look for a chiropractor with experience working with patients with similar conditions and who uses various techniques to treat TMD.
During your first visit to a chiropractor, they will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your TMD. They may ask you about your medical history, perform a physical exam, and take x-rays or other diagnostic tests to identify the cause of your TMD. Based on their findings, they will develop a customised treatment plan that may include chiropractic adjustments, mobilizations, active release therapy, exercises, and lifestyle modifications.
Dr. Paul, at NW Chiropractic and Massage has been working with TMJ patients since 2012. He developed an interest in the condition after treating a patient with chronic TMD who responded well to his care. Since this time he has taken numerous courses on TMD to better serve his patients and bring a diverse approach to his care.
It is important to note that chiropractic care is not a substitute for medical care. If you have severe pain or neurological symptoms, you should seek medical attention to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
Jaw pain can be a debilitating condition that affects one’s quality of life. Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment option for TMD, as it focuses on the underlying causes of the condition and uses non-invasive, drug-free techniques to alleviate pain and improve function.
Chiropractors can use various techniques to improve jaw function, reduce tension in the jaw muscles, and improve blood flow. If you are considering chiropractic care for your TMD, it is essential to choose a qualified and experienced chiropractor who specialises in the treatment of TMD and who can develop a customised treatment plan that meets your specific needs.
Turn to NW Chiropractic and Massage for effective treatments that can help relieve your jaw pain. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care and personalized treatment options to help them achieve optimal health and wellness. Contact us today at (403) 282-4004 to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life.