The jaw is one of the most intensely used joints in your body. Speaking, eating and drinking are not possible without moving the jaw. Over time, this jaw can suffer from overuse and develop a condition called TMD – temporomandibular joint disease. Also known as TMJ disease, this condition can cause pain and stiffness, as well as clicking noises when you open and close the mouth. You do not have to suffer in silence, because you can treat jaw problems with chiropractic, in a safe and non-invasive way.
Chiropractors Explain the Causes of Jaw Problems
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TMD is a very general term – similar to telling someone that their back hurts. For a chiropractor, the first step in treating jaw problems is finding the root cause. In many cases the reason is obvious – the patient took a fall, was in a car crash, or suffered other kinds of trauma to their face. In other situations, TMD can be caused by dental problems – and for this reason, a chiropractor will send patients for various check-ups to rule out any causes which require specific treatments by other healthcare professionals. However, many patients who find relief from jaw problems with chiropractic developed this problem due to stress. All chiropractors will tell you that stress is a real threat to your health.
How Can Stress Cause Jaw Problems?
Your brain processes everything, including negative emotions, anxiety, and stress. And it so happens that the part of the brain that responds to stress has a direct neurological connection with the jaw joint. This means that when you suffer from stress over a long period of time, the muscles and tendons in the jaw and neck become tense and tight. This can effectively stop the TMJ from working correctly. In time, left untreated, this leads to TMJ with its full range of unpleasant symptoms, which can go as far as difficulty in chewing food and modified speech.
How to Treat Jaw Problems with Chiropractic
Chiropractors have in-depth knowledge about how every joint in your body works. This includes the jaw joint. In most situations, TMJ disease and other common problems have a mechanical cause – a misalignment in the jaw. In this case, you can treat jaw problems with chiropractic in several therapy sessions. The chiropractor will be very understanding and adapt their adjustment techniques if you do not tolerate pain. After a few sessions, you will notice an improvement in the mobility of your jaw.
What If Your Jaw Problems Have a Different Cause?
In some cases, the jaw joint itself is working fine. The chiropractor can refer you to another healthcare specialist. During the treatment, you can still benefit from chiropractic care to relieve pain, tension, and the state of discomfort created by the treatment. However, these are rare situations. In most cases, TMJ disease has a mechanical cause and you can treat jaw problems with chiropractic safely and effectively. At the same time, your chiropractor will give you helpful advice to manage and reduce stress and improve your well-being.
Choose a Safe and Non-Invasive Therapy for Jaw Problems!
Traditional medicine is sadly more preoccupied with removing symptoms than treating the actual health problem. As long as you are not in pain, you are good to go. For chiropractic, this is not a reasonable approach. Chiropractic treatment aims to heal the underlying cause of pain, stiffness, and discomfort. Choosing to treat jaw problems with chiropractic may result in finding relief from other unrelated symptoms because everything in our body is connected by the nervous system.
Do not ignore jaw problems, because they will not go away alone. It's easy to book your first evaluation appointment with us and we will answer all the questions you may have.