How Chiropractic Services Can Help With TMJ

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Are you one of the estimated 10 million Americans suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) Syndrome? It’s a common health condition that can greatly affect one’s quality of life. Depending on the severity of your specific condition, TMJ may only cause minor symptoms, or it can be so painful that it prevents you from opening your mouth. Either way, it’s important to take the necessary steps to regain control of your life. The good news is that there are professional chiropractic services available specifically for treating TMJ.

TMJ is somewhat a general term used to diagnose a number of problems associated with the temporomandibular joint. You see, the temporomandibular joint is a ball-bearing bone that’s used to connect the lower jawbone to the skull. Anytime you open your mouth, the temporomandibular joint slides the jawbone down. Unfortunately, there are oftentimes problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, such as inflammation, excessive pressure, dental problems and physical trauma just to name a few. When problematic conditions occur around the temporomandibular joint, most medical practitioners will diagnose it as TMJ.

There’s still some medical debate over what exactly causes TMJ, but excessive teeth grinding is believed to be one of the most common cause. If you wake up in the middle of the night and notice you’ve been grinding your teeth, you could be at greater risk for developing TMJ. Alternatively, people will natural overbites are also more likely to experience TMJ. If you experience either of these conditions, talk with your dentist to determine the best course of action for fixing these problems.

TMJ may present itself with a wide range of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms associated with this condition include headaches, migraines, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), pain when opening or closing the mouth, difficulty chewing food and hearing loss. It’s important to note, however, that you probably won’t experience all of these symptoms if you are suffering from TMJ.

You might be surprised to learn that a professional chiropractor can offer services to help treat TMJ. Going back to the basics of TMJ, the root cause of the problem stems from the joint connecting the lower jawbone to the skull. A professional chiropractor can oftentimes work out certain issues with this joint to create near-instant relief from the condition. If your TMJ is caused by the joint not properly fitted, the chiropractor should be able to mold it back into place; thus, offering you quick and effective relief.

Certain TMJ conditions mat take several chiropractic adjustments before you notice any relief. This is necessary to “teach” your body where the bones are supposed to go. If you’ve been living with TMJ for years or even decades, then your body has likely become used to it. This makes it harder to fix simply because a chiropractor must continuously work on the problematic joint to show it where to go. With time, patience and dedication, though, you can get your temporomandibular joint back to its original and health state.

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