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How Chiropractic Care Can Help with TMJ

By Dr. Drew Voelsch

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If you are suffering from TMJ and wonder if chiropractic treatment can help ease your pains, you are in the right place. 

In this post, Hawkeye Chiropractic discusses how a chiropractor can help provide you with relief from TMJ:

What TMJ Is

TMJ, or TemporoMandibular Joint disease, results from a problem in the jaw joint. 

This joint connects the lower part of the jaw to the skull. 

The function of this joint is to open and close the jaw, allowing us to chew food and speak. 

The most common cause of TMJ is a disruption in the way the jaw moves and a misalignment of the jaw joint. 

Many times there is a disruption in the chewing muscles and jaw joints. This muscle imbalance will cause the jaw to be out of alignment, and misaligned teeth and jaw can cause TMJ. 

People suffering from this condition have jaw pain during the day, especially at night. They may have a sensitivity to cold and hot, a clicking noise from the joint, and muscle pain on the side of the face.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help With TMJ

TMJ is a very treatable condition with chiropractic care. 

Chiropractic care focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself. It is the most natural way to address a TMJ condition because the spine is the body’s main support and is connected to so many other parts of the body. By restoring proper joint mobility and alignment, chiropractic care can help relieve the painful symptoms of TMJ.

Chiropractic adjustments can help realign the misaligned jaw and muscles, which will restore proper mobility and reduce joint pain. 

Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce the inflammation in the area and help restore proper muscle function, which will help alleviate pain. 

Chiropractic adjustments can also help improve your muscle strength and help bring your jaw back into alignment. 

What You Can Expect from a Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ

The chiropractor will begin by asking you about your symptoms and medical history. 

You will be asked to sit in a comfortable chair, and then your chiropractor will begin a physical examination. 

This will include a complete head-to-toe examination. 

Your chiropractor will look for points of tenderness and any areas of restricted movement. 

Once they understand your condition, your chiropractor will perform an exam, including an x-ray to see if there is any misalignment of the jaw. 

If the condition is more advanced and you are already experiencing TMJ symptoms, your chiropractor may begin the adjustment procedure immediately. 

If the symptoms are not too severe, a series of treatments may be required to get relief from your TMJ symptoms. 

This may include:

  • Adjustments
  • Jaw Mobilization
  • Massage
  • Soft Tissue Work
  • Cervical Manipulation
  • Posture Correction
  • Nutrition Advice
  • Exercises
  • Lifestyle Changes

Conclusion

TMJ doesn’t have to be debilitating. You certainly don’t just have to accept the condition and do nothing about it. You can visit a reputable chiropractor in your area to find relief for your pains. Chiropractic treatments can be the natural way to relieve your TMJ symptoms. 

Chiropractors are experienced in providing care for this condition and can help to alleviate your symptoms and allow you to enjoy your life again!

If you are suffering from TMJ, contact Hawkeye Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment and learn how chiropractic treatments can help.

“Dr Drew is upfront about what’s going on with your body. He helps work with you to achieve the goals that you as a patient want to set. I highly recommend him to those interested in chiropractic services.P.S Go Cyclones!”

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