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TMJ Dysfunction or Syndrome

If you place your fingers in front of either ear and open and close your mouth you will feel the joint where the temporal bone attaches to the jaw. This joint is called the temporo-mandibular joint, or TMJ.This joint connects your jaw to your head, and has ligaments, cartilage fascia, an articular disc, muscles, nerves and blood vessels running through and around it.

When this joint is misaligned or malfunctions it is subject to excess pressure. This condition due to the irregularity is termed TMJ Syndrome or Dysfunction. Some of the more common symptoms of TMJ are an inability to open and close the mouth, clicking and popping when the mouth is opened of closed, and the jaw may even lock. Other common symptoms are severe headaches, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, sensation of a clogged throat, facial swelling, shoulder, cheek and joint pain, neck pain, facial nerve pain, pain in or under the ear, eye pain and swelling, tooth pain, nausea, blurred vision, and dizziness.

This disorder has been linked to throat infection, sinus infection, ear infection, asthma; heart, stomach, intestinal and respiratory disorders, and trauma to the jaw.

Who Gets TMJ

TMJ syndrome is more common among women than men, however studies indicate that up to 78% of all people will have some degree of this dysfunction during their lifetime.

The Medical and Dental Approach

Treatment consisting of painkillers, muscle relaxers, night guard mouthpieces, heat massage, and soft diet. Other treatments are bite plates, orthodontics, and physical therapy. In severe cases the medical and dental profession refers the patient for surgery.  

The Chiropractic Approach

Your Chiropractors goal is to relieve your body of vertebral subluxations so that your body may function properly.  Uncorrected vertebral subluxations can cause a weakening of the spinal muscles, stretch and deform the spinal column, cartilage, discs and vertebrae. This causes a lack of energy, early aging and fatigue.  But the most prevalent result of spinal nerve stress is the irritation of the nervous system and brain stem.  This irritation is an interference that interrupts the information and energy flow to the various parts of the body and lowers our natural resistance to sickness and disease. Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct vertebral subluxation through examination and spinal adjustment. The adjustments relieve the nerve stress and assist in restoration of body function. Proper functioning of the nervous system through chiropractic treatment is one of the best defenses against conditions and diseases that one would normally not be susceptible to.

In addition, many studies performed reveal that when adjustments are performed in the upper area of the spine such as the cervical area and skull that TMJ sufferers find relief.

Our chiropractic office educates our patients in lifestyle changes that compliment their spinal care. Chiropractic spinal adjustments strengthen areas of the spine and restore impaired nerve flow. Subluxations occur when vertebra misalign irritating delicate spinal nerves. Spinal adjustments remove the nerve pressure and restore function to the body. Chiropractic spinal adjustments by our chiropractors help you live your life to its fullest through a properly functioning nervous system. When your nervous system is functioning properly you express life to your fullest. Chiropractic spinal adjustments enable you to express your God given health potential and to live your life to fullest capabilities. Neck pain, back pain, sciatica, reduced immunity, ear infections, decreased energy, stomach disorders, asthma, allergies, sinus problems, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder problems, sports injuries, spinal disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, numbness, pain, are just some of the signs of improper function in the body and conditions that benefit from Chiropractic spinal adjustments. Don't delay and wait for a spinal problem to develop before you seek out Chiropractic care. Get a Chiropractic spinal adjustment and deal with the cause of your problems rather than masking it with medications which often deal just with the symptoms. Whether you are feel great and want to ensure a healthy and fully functional future or if you are in pain and seek the safe and effective proven results of Chiropractic spinal adjustments, you owe it to yourself to have a spinal check up and to start down the healthy road of lifetime Chiropractic care.