Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ

Kennesaw Chiropractor - TMJMany people who become afflicted with the common and painful jaw condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, only think of their dentist as a source of treatment.  Many cases however, respond more fully to chiropractic adjustment.  It is not uncommon for TMJ to be caused by poor posture, traumatic injury or other conditions not directly related to bite alignment.  These are the cases that our Kennesaw chiropractic office can help alleviate.

The temporomandibular joint, attaches on each side to the rear of the jawbone of the skull and allows the jaw to move freely.  When problems arise with this joint, many different symptoms can appear including pain when opening or closing the mouth and migraine headaches.

Poor posture is an instance where a bad habit can lead to the condition. Straining the muscles and connective tissues of the cervical spine in the neck can cause vertebral misalignments that manifest as jaw pain, migraine headache symptoms and neck stiffness. Sudden trauma such as a car accident can also lead to this same condition and symptons.

Signs that you may have TMJ 

  • Radiating pain in the face, neck, or shoulders.
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw.
  • Painful clicking or grating when opening or closing the mouth.
  • A significant change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.
  • Headaches, earaches, dizziness, hearing problems and difficulty swallowing.

Many times these symptoms are temporary, or occur in cycles, sometimes they become chronic.  Women are four times more likely to suffer from TMJ than men and this is often attributed to posture and higher heels.

Our first goal at Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw is to diagnose your condition and relieve the associated pain.  We then can plan a chiropractic treatment plan to address the condition over the long term.

If you think you may be suffering from TMJ, contact our office for a consultation and let us help you on your journey to better health.

 

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