The abbreviation TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and is made up of the jaw bone, the articular disc, and the temporal bone. TMJ syndrome is known for clicking in the jaw, muscle strain headaches, and painful chewing. The following are some common reasons TMJ pain occurs:
- Degenerative joint disease: This happens after the TMJ has been misaligned for a long period of time and arthritic changes have begun to take place.
- Myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome: Increased muscle tension and spasms result in TMJ issues.
- Internal derangement: This occurs when there is a mechanical issue in the joint – usually with the location of the articulating disc.
What are some common ways to care for TMJ?
- Wearing a splint
- NSAID pain relievers
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How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps TMJ
When dealing with TMJ, it is vital to find the root cause. This is often linked to a misalignment in the upper bones of the neck. The spinal cord has the responsibility of sending messages to and from the brain and body. Keeping the spinal cord in good working order is extremely important to the proper function of the body. If a misalignment has occurred in the top bone of the spine – the atlas or C1 – pressure is created on the spinal cord. The result of this is that the messages being sent are now hindered. This can cause pain in the head or face, muscle tension, and other symptoms of TMJ.
By using a specific technique that was developed specifically to care for this bone, upper cervical chiropractors can provide help for those suffering from TMJ. The method is extremely gentle and is directed toward correcting the specific bone that is out of alignment. When this is accomplished, stress on the spinal cord is eliminated, restoring communication within the body. But does it really work?
A 35-year-old man was suffering from TMJ pain and had problems opening his jaw. After seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, he could open his jaw and the muscle tenderness in his face went away. We try to produce similar results for our patients.
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