Among the regions of the body that Snellville Chiropractors are able to help, many people are amazed to learn that the jaw is on the list.
It’s easy to associate neck pain and back pain with Chiropractic treatment, but people who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ in Snellville can also find relief.
What Is TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder refers to a set of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint in the jaw.
This joint connects the jaw to the skull, so it stands to reason that if you have issues with the ligaments or muscles that control its movement, you may experience problems.
Some common symptoms of TMJ include pain in your teeth, cheek, jaw or front of the ear when you yawn or chew, an inability to open your mouth wide, clicking noises in the jaw or having your jaw lock when opening it.
You also may notice that your lower and upper teeth no longer fit together properly when you close your mouth. Some patients experience earaches, hearing issues, dizziness or headaches as part of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
Causes of TMJ
TMJ has numerous potential causes that your Snellville Chiropractors will explore when you schedule your appointment.
Some of the known causes of TMJ include serious jaw dislocation or trauma, physical or emotional stress or even sitting in a dentist’s chair for long periods of time with your mouth wide open.
The emotional stress doesn’t cause TMJ on its own, but if you tend to clench your teeth in response to stressful situations, this may end up causing it. Statistics show that women are four times more likely to suffer from TMJ as men.
Can Chiropractic Help TMJ?
Once your Chiropractor verifies that you do have TMJ, you will be given a treatment plan based on your specific situation.
Our team at AICA Snellville wants to get to the root of your problem, so every angle is explored before a thorough plan is made.
Usually, a treatment plan for TMJ will include Chiropractic adjustments, special exercises and possibly ice or heat to ease discomfort.
If you have any of the symptoms of TMJ, schedule a consultation with a Chiropractor as soon as possible. It is also important to follow any recommendations or advice given during that consultation and subsequent appointments. Every treatment and exercise is designed to remove the underlying cause of the problem and restore your jaw function back to normal.
At AICA Snellville our team is here to help answer your questions.
Please feel to contact us today.