Do you often wake up with a sore jaw or headaches? Do you often suffer from frequent migraines or earaches? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). TMJ is a condition that affects the joints on either side of your head that connect your lower jaw to your skull. The symptoms of TMJ can be extremely painful and can be disruptive to your daily life. Luckily there are steps you can take to ease the pain of TMJ. And one of those steps is to see a chiropractor.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is a disorder causing pain and inflammation in the temporomandibular joints, two joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. The exact cause of TMJ is unknown, but it can be caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, arthritis, improper alignment of the teeth, clenching or grinding of the teeth, and stress.
The symptoms of TMJ may include pain in the jaw joint area, earache, headaches, dizziness, neck pain, and even shoulder pain. TMJ pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain that makes it difficult to eat or even open your mouth. If you think you may be suffering from TMJ, it’s important to see a professional so they can diagnose the condition and recommend treatment options.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
TMJ has many different treatment options, ranging from over-the-counter pain medication to surgery. Many people find relief from TMJ symptoms by going to a chiropractor. A chiropractor is a regulated healthcare professional who will perform a physical examination and may order x-rays or other imaging tests in order to get a better idea of what is causing the pain. Once a diagnosis has been made, the chiropractor will develop a treatment plan specifically for you. The treatment plan may include spinal manipulation, massage, exercises, and lifestyle changes.
There are many benefits of seeing a chiropractic doctor for TMJ including that chiropractic care is non-invasive and does not involve taking medication. Another benefit is that it can address the underlying causes of pain rather than just treating the symptoms. So, if you’re looking for an alternative way to ease your TMJ pain without medication or surgery, consider making an appointment with a chiropractor today.
If you’re struggling with frequent headaches, migraines, earaches, or jaw pain, you may very well be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). Currently there’s no cure for TMJ, but there are steps you can take to ease your symptoms and get some relief and one option worth considering is chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is non-invasive and does not require taking medication. It also addresses the underlying causes of TMJ rather than just treating the symptoms. If you’re ready to explore an alternative way to ease your TMJ pain, contact the chiropractors at CARESPACE Health+Wellness today!