TMJ Disorder is very common and includes the temporomandibular joints (TMJ’s), which are two joints found on the sides of your head. They connect the jaw and skull to provide normal jaw movement. The TMJs allow the mouth to be opened without pain or discomfort.
However, when you suffer from TMJ Disorder, it can cause pain in the jaw with opening and closing your mouth, headaches, toothaches and earaches. In fact, any pain felt throughout your face and head could be a sign of a TMJ disorder. If you’re experiencing this type of pain, you should seek chiropractic treatment for TMJ disorder immediately.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Often, those suffering from TMJ disorder will experience various symptoms. It can be caused by both emotional and physical stress such as from a whiplash injury, neck misalignment, chewing more on one side of your mouth, etc. Daily stress can lead to grinding or clenching of the teeth when you sleep. Even poor posture could cause symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Some of the most common symptoms you may feel if you suffer from TMJ disorder include:
- Jaw pain
- “Popping” or “Clicking” of TMJ’s when opening and closing mouth
- Facial pain
- Earaches or Ringing of the ear
- Inability to open your mouth fully
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. Chiropractic treatment provides the solution to help relieve the pain. At Barrick Family Chiropractic, we provide treatment for TMJ disorders without drugs or surgery.
Treatment for TMJ Pain and Dysfunction
One of the most common causes of TMJ dysfunction is a shortening of muscles on one side of the jaw causing an “S”-deviation when opening and closing jaw. This results in a “jamming” of the joints on one side and causing pain, inflammation, and dysfunction. Dr. Barrick is trained in a procedure to release the problem muscles, allowing the jaw to open and close normally, thereby relieving the symptoms. Other associated causes such as misalignments of the neck are also addressed.
Spinal adjustments can help to realign the joints and relax the muscles. This type of treatment can also help to relieve muscle and nerve tension, along with target trigger points causing the physical stress on the TMJ’s.