TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is used to describe a grouping of disorders in which the connection point between the skull and the jaw becomes inflamed, swollen and painful. The temporomandibular joint acts much like a shock absorber for your jaw. Deterioration of the joint and disc occur leaving bone to rub directly on bone. When its ability to absorb impact is diminished, pain results.
If you have TMJ you may experience pain in the jaw, headaches, jaw clicking, neck ache, dizziness, and even trouble chewing and talking due to pain and stiffness.
TMJ can be debilitating at times and it is important to seek out professional medical help. Rather than cover the symptoms with pain-killing medications which just mask the problem, going to your chiropractor can help alleviate the root dysfunction and over time return the jaw to a more normal movement range.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Having chiropractic adjustments done on the neck and upper shoulders and back area can reduce pressure on various nerves associated with TMJ. Though it is not a quick fix many find relief thought regularly scheduled chiropractic visits.
During an adjustment, the chiropractor may put pressure on your skull, jaw, or upper spine to help relieve irritated nerves thereby increasing the range of motion in your jaw.
The Active Release Technique may be used during the course of your treatment. This is a tissue-based therapy used to break up adhesions and scar tissue on the muscle and ligaments surrounding the inflamed area. This is a very effective add-on method when used with regular chiropractic treatments.
Chiropractic care not only helps with short-term pain, it can also prevent future relapses. Your chiropractor may suggest at home exercises to strengthen the jaw. It is also recommended to reduce stress in your life as stress lends itself to nighttime bruxism (tooth grinding) which can make TMJ symptoms worse.
Chiropractor in Ft Myers, FL, and Naples, FL
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?
Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers and Naples, can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.