How a Chiropractor Can Help With Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) is a disorder where whenever you chew your food you feel pain. Causes of TMJ can vary from patient to patient. It can be genetic, or caused by arthritis or a jaw injury. In most cases, the pain and discomfort that comes with TMJ is temporary and can be treated with a variety of nonsurgical treatments and practices. One conservative measure for treating TMJ that we will be focusing on today is chiropractic medicine.
Through chiropractic manipulation, your local chiropractor can make it so that the jaw joint moves more easily while relieving muscle tension near the jaw as well. With regular chiropractic care, the pain caused by TMJ can be significantly reduced.
If you are interested in trying chiropractic treatment for TMJ, we encourage you to give Flex Chiropractic a call. We have offices in Columbia and Lexington, and provide a wide range of chiropractic and alternative therapies to help patients suffering from a wide variety of different symptoms, from lower back pain and sports injuries to arthritis and TMJ.
Chiropractic care is about more than treating bad backs, as the experienced, caring staff at Flex Chiropractic have been demonstrating for more than 22 years now. We specialize leveraging our team’s knowledge and experience, combined with cutting-edge chiropractic and wellness treatments, to provide reliable pain relief for your individual needs.
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When you visit our chiropractors for TMJ treatment, we will focus primarily on three main muscles — the masseter, the temporalis, and the pterygoid. We also pay a lot of attention to the jaw joint itself and the suboccipital muscles, since we want to focus on making sure everything is properly aligned and working together in a more comfortable way.
With some pressure against the jaw and the masseter and pterygoid, we use chiropractic practices to help alleviate jaw pain. After finishing soft tissue work for jaw pain, we will move on to assess the jaw itself as part of your TMJ chiropractic adjustment.
After the adjustment is complete, we will reassess alignment and provide further advice for helping reduce the pain and live more comfortably with TMJ.
If you’re dealing with chronic TMJ, chiropractic treatment may be an excellent option for you. Most people find that their jaw pain levels reduce significantly with chiropractic treatment. If you’re interested in trying chiropractic treatments, we encourage you to give Flex Chiropractic a call. We have offices in Columbia and Lexington, and provide a wide range of chiropractic and alternative therapies. We believe in taking the time to get to know our patients so we can better understand their needs and answer any questions they may have before creating a personalized treatment plan just for them. Besides standard chiropractic treatments such as spinal adjustments and decompression therapy, we also offer cold laser therapy, electrical stimulation, dry needling, ultrasound, and more. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.