Chiropractic for TMJ disorder (jaw pain)
What is TMJ?
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull.
These joints sit just in front of each of your ears.
It presents as tenderness or deep aching, clicking with jaw movement, inability to open/ close mouth, headaches, or facial pain. TMJ dysfunction can be triggered by stress, joint inflammation, jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and neck/head injury (whiplash injury).
Typically, people see a dentist when suffering from TMJ dysfunction, but in many cases,
a visit to an upper cervical chiropractor can bring even more significant relief.
How Atlas Orthogonal Can Alleviate TMJ Pain
Your atlas (C1 vertebra) sits very close to the temporomandibular joint and can affect how it functions. Injuries, accidents and traumas can cause atlas misalignment, which creates irritation and pressure in the surrounding areas - including the TMJ. By adjusting the atlas vertebra, bringing it back into alignment, and in many cases, alleviates TMJ pain significantly.
In 2012, a study was conducted in which five adult patients who had suffered from TMJ dysfunction for more than nine years on average were referred by a dentist to an upper cervical chiropractor. Their jaw pain was chronic and remained unresolved after multiple visits to the dentist. Over the course of eight weeks, the patients were examined one time and received one upper cervical adjustment. At the end of the eight weeks, they reported significantly lowered pain levels. On a scale of 1-10, the patients reported an average pain level of 5.9 prior to their adjustments. After their upper cervical adjustments, they averaged only 0.9, with the very worst pain reported being only a 2.0 on the scale.
If you are experiencing stubborn TMJ pain and haven't been able to find a solution, contact our atlas orthogonal chiropractor for a free consultation.