Treatment for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) at Sharratt Chiropractic
It's difficult for most people to imagine a life in which such basic pleasures as eating, talking, and laughing are always punished by agonizing pain. If you suffer from the syndrome known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, you don't have to imagine it, you're already living it. This chronic problem can be frustrating and frightening, especially if your dentist can't address your symptoms to your satisfaction. That's when it's good to know that Sharratt Chiropractic in Batavia offers techniques for easing your TMJ pain naturally.
What Is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
Each end of your jawbone is affixed to your skull through a complex, remarkable structure known as the temporomandibular joint. This joint has many of the same features as other joints in the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and a layer of cartilage cushioning the bone surfaces. The anatomy of this particular joint gives it more movement options than any other joint, permitting you to move your jaw up, down, forward, backward, and side to side. Without this impressive range of motion, chewing, speaking, or even opening your mouth all the way could be difficult or impossible. These are the challenges faced by individuals suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Symptoms of the disorder include:
- Extreme pain or stiffness on one or both sides of the jaw
- Referred pain to the teeth, neck, shoulders, or face
- Inability to open the mouth to more than a fraction of its normal width
- Popping or clicking sounds when flexing the jaw
- Chronic headaches/earaches
- Abnormal tooth wear
TMJ can stem from several possible causes. Some people develop TMJ after a blow to the jaw, which damages the joint components and forces them out of alignment. Prolonged hyperextension of the jaw from a lengthy dental procedure can also cause TMJ. Constant muscular stress and emotional tension that causes bruxism (tooth grinding) often produces TMJ symptoms. Neck injuries are also a common factor contributing to TMJ symptoms.
Chiropractic Care for TMJ
Gentle techniques to balance the function and performance of five muscles of jaw movement on each side of the face are painlessly administered to restore normal jaw movement.
In some cases, dental procedures or night guards can relieve TMJ. If the jaw joints themselves are out of alignment, you may need chiropractic care to correct the problem. Our chiropractor can make subtle adjustments to the joints to bring their components back into proper position. If your jaw pain actually turns out to be caused by a shoulder or neck misalignment, we can treat those problems as well. Other strategies include lifestyle changes that promote stress relief and massage therapy to relax the jaw muscles.
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Sharratt Chiropractic is ready to serve as your chiropractor in Batavia, St. Charles, Aurora, or Geneva. Call (630) 406-8088 today!