Chiropractic Care for Jaw Pain
By Sara Butler
You have joints all over your body and over time any one of those joints can begin to degenerate, causing pain and discomfort. When people think of joints that tend to cause problems they often think of the knees, shoulders, or hips. One joint that is used heavily and can cause quite a lot of problems for many is the jaw -- or more specifically, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Here’s what you should know about TMJ and how your chiropractor can help.
Signs of TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joint is where your jaw meets up with your skull. If you begin to have problems with the joint, you may first notice things such as:
- Clicking of the jaw
- Stiffness of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw
These symptoms can be the result of misalignment of the jaw joint, or muscle adhesions that result from clenching your teeth or grinding them. They can even be the result of an old injury to your spine or neck or poor posture!
Another reason the joint in the jaw can begin causing problems is that it simply gets worn out over time. Think of how often you use your jaw to talk or chew over the course of a day. All that friction can cause degeneration of the cartilage in the joint, leading to nerve irritation. It’s a complicated joint that can be impacted by a variety of conditions, but the chiropractors at The Joint have a lot of experience and knowledge treating this joint.
How Chiropractors Can Help
One advantage chiropractic care offers when treating conditions such as TMJ is that they look beyond your symptoms and examine your lifestyle. It’s a total approach to health and wellness that helps them to formulate a specific treatment plan just for you.
The chiropractor may use adjustments of the jaw and neck to treat your issue. If they believe the cause can be traced back to nerve irritation, then they can identify which nerves need to be targeted, which can help ease pain and discomfort and return a normal range of motion to your jaw.
If you’re experiencing jaw problems or pain, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint. They can help you to determine the root cause and help you find a way to treat it, increasing your quality of life and health along the way!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.