What Can Chiropractic Care Do for TMJ?

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You are probably well aware that chiropractic care can alleviate back pain, neck pain, and even pinched nerves.  But did you know that it is also a safe and effective way to manage TMJ pain as well?  TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorders, is a chronic disorder that affects the jaw.  The point where the jaw connects to the skull can become painful and swollen or will sometimes make a clicking sound.  TMJ is an uncomfortable problem to have.  If you suffer from TMJ pain, you may have tried other methods for managing the pain without success.  But have you tried chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor?  You may be surprised at the outcome!

Symptoms of TMJ

TMJ symptoms will vary for everyone.  Some may have mild, annoying symptoms while other can experience extreme and chronic pain.  Symptoms of TMJ can include headaches, jaw pain, clicking or pain when moving the jaw, such as when chewing food or talking, neck pain, and even dizziness.  If not dealt with, TMJ can become increasingly more painful.  Some may experience chronic jaw pain.  While medication for pain may bring temporary relief, once the medication wears off, symptoms will return, sometimes even worse than before.  Chiropractic care, however, is a long-term solution for TMJ relief.  It gets to the root of the problem to bring about relief once and for all.  Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can provide natural and safe chiropractic care to ease pain and alleviate TMJ symptoms.

The Ins and Outs of Chiropractic Care for TMJ

Because the jaw is a joint, Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic can perform an adjustment on the jaw to relieve tension.  Releasing the muscles surrounding the jaw can correct TMJ so that the jaw can function normally once again.  But sometimes the problem doesn’t just lie within the jaw.  Dysfunction of the spine caused by spinal misalignments can also cause tension within the body, including the jaw joint.  Gentle chiropractic adjustments can remove misalignments to reduce nerve interference and tension and alleviate pain associated with TMJ.  Continual chiropractic care is often needed to ensure that problems don’t return. With regular chiropractic care, you can experience not only relief from TMJ, but also improved overall health and wellness because the benefits of chiropractic care are numerous.

Chiropractic Case Studies

If you are still unsure of how chiropractic care can truly help alleviate TMJ symptoms, you can take a look at how chiropractic care has helped others find relief from TMJ.  Case studies have been conducted to explore the effectiveness of chiropractic care.  In one such case study, 14 patients with TMJ underwent chiropractic care for TMJ.  Upon receiving regular adjustments, all patients found that TMJ symptoms were significantly reduced or even eliminated completely.  Their rate of pain went from an average of 8.3 to 1.4. 

You don’t have to live with TMJ pain any longer.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to see how chiropractic care can help improve your quality of life.




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