TMJ Dysfunction

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TMJ

What is TMJ Dysfunction?

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ Dysfunction) can impact a person’s ability to eat, to speak, and to sleep. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research a division of the National Institutes of Health estimates that TMJ disorders affect over 10 million Americans (or 5-15%).

Dr. Brooke understands that TMJ Dysfunction can greatly impact every day activities of life. Utilizing chiropractic care, myofacial release, exercises and stretches, she is able to help you return to a pain-free jaw. Chiropractic has been found to be very effective in the treatment of TMJ Dysfunction.

Causes of TMJ Dysfunction include the following

  • Injury to the joint or to the head/neck (such as whiplash).
  • Synovitis, capsulities, tendonitis.
  • Stress manifested as a tightness in the face and jaw muscles.
  • Clenching and grinding the teeth.
  • A slipped disc.
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Jaw Pain? Chiropractic Can Help

Are you suffering from one or many of the following symptoms:

  • Clicking sound or grating sensation when opening and closing your mouth.
  • Locking of the joint making it hard to open and close your mouth.
  • Not being able to open your mouth as wide as usual.
  • Tenderness or aching pain around the jaw or other parts of the face.
  • Pain radiating to the neck and ears.
  • Discomfort or difficulty chewing; an uncomfortable or uneven bite.
  • Headaches, toothaches, earaches (and hearing problems).
  • Neck pain.
  • Dizziness.
  • A feeling of tiredness in the face.
  • Swelling around the side of the face.

Chiropractic – Effective Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction

In a survey of people who have used complimentary and alternative medicine for TMJ disorders, the people most satisfied with the results were those using the “hands-on” therapies of chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. (J Am Dent Assoc. 133(9):1189-1196)

One single-patient study examined a person who experienced TMJ clicking, teeth grinding, pain chewing, inability to open the mouth as wide as usual (“reduced jaw opening”), and headaches for 3 years. After just 3 weeks of two 30-minute sessions per week of “Western massage techniques combined with strain-counterstrain techniques”, “TMJ-related pain decreased and maximal jaw opening increased by almost a third. Jaw clicking decreased fourfold to once monthly.” (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 11 (3):223-230)

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