Jaw & TMJ
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The TMJ is one of the most complicated and sensitive joints in the body.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is basically where your mandible (or jaw) meets your temporal bone (or sides of your skull). If this area is misaligned, stuck, or not moving correctly, then it can create an immense amount of pain, fatigue, or even lock stuck in place. This is one of the areas we specialize in here at Limitless Chiropractic What we've learned after seeing a ton of "TMJ Patients" is that about 80% of the time, we can get beneficial results without even having to adjust the TMJ itself. This is because the nerves in the upper neck play a huge role in how the TMJ functions. Not to mention, a lot of TMJ issues are due to stress And when you correct the alignment of your upper neck through a chiropractic adjustment, your body is able to adapt to stresses better and your TMJ starts to function correctly. Our motto is that we only adjust joints that need to be adjusted. For the approximately 20% of "TMJ Patients" that have a misaligned TMJ, we are able to perform gentle adjustments to the jaw to allow the TMJ to move back into proper alignment. We even have at home recommendations to help your TMJ stay in proper alignment and reduce stress to prevent the symptoms from returning. So if you've tried everything to help your TMJ pain and are not sure where to turn next, then be sure to shoot us a message so we can take a look!
- Myofascial pain disorder
- Degenerative TMJ disorder
- TMJ displacement
- Upper neck compression or stiffness
Can a chiropractor
adjust your jaw?
Yes, chiropractors are well known for their ability to adjust any joint in the body, including the jaw. If the jaw, also known as the TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint) is misaligned or restricted in its movement, then it needs to be corrected in order for proper function to return. To have your jaw analyzed by a professional, simply click here to schedule your first appointment.
Can I pop or
realign my TMJ and get my jaw back in alignment myself?
Realigning a joint is a difficult task to do to yourself. In fact, "self adjusting" often leads to a joint becoming hypermobile and unstable overtime making the TMJ issue worse. This is because you can be too repetitive, too forceful, not forceful enough, pushing in the wrong direction, contacting the wrong area, etc. Rather than do it to yourself, it is a lot safer, easier and more beneficial to have a professional realign your TMJ for you. If you believe that your jaw is misaligned, then schedule your first appointment here
How do I know if my
jaw is misaligned?
Several common symptoms associated with a misaligned jaw are abrupt shifting of the jaw, clicking, popping or any movement combined with pain. Your jaw can even become locked, commonly referred to as "lockjaw" where your jaw is stuck partially open or closed with a spasm in the muscles that prevents movement of your jaw. A misaligned jaw can even lead to teeth grinding, clenching (especially at night), and headaches/migraines. Symptoms within the ear are also very common with a misaligned jaw. This can include ear popping, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), fullness in the ear, and ear infections. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it is time for you to schedule your first visit here
Can a chiropractor
fix a misaligned jaw by adjusting the jaw?
Yes chiropractors are trained to realign any misaligned joint in the body and understand the multiple neuromuscular connections in the jaw. Other frequent areas to be adjusted are the top two vertebrae of your spine that supply a large portion of the jaw and face. However, if you have other areas in your body that are also misaligned, they must be corrected as well to prevent other joints from continuously misalign due to compensation and/or compression. Your jaw is a lot more likely to remain its proper function once all your joints are kept in alignment as well. To schedule your first appointment, simply click here
What is the TMJ
The TMJ chiropractic technique is a process of thoroughly evaluating the jaw and surrounding areas to discover the cause of TMJ symptoms and a TMJ misalignment. We prefer the "measure twice cut once" mentality where less is more and it is much more important to only perform what is necessary. Our thoroughness allows us to get better results in regards to jaw issues. If you've been looking for a thorough evaluation of your TMJ, then simply click here to schedule your first appointment here
How long does it
take for chiropractic to help TMJ issues?
This is an excellent question that we receive all the time. The time it takes for a TMJ issue depends on several factors. Some of these factors include how long the issue has been there, how severe the issue is, what is causing the issue to occur in the first place, etc. Based on these factors, we've seen people get better after only one adjustment, but we've also seen people that take several weeks or months until they experience relief. It truly depends. But what is for certain is the longer you wait to receive treatment the longer it will take for the symptoms to resolve. So if you've been experiencing TMJ issues, feel free to schedule your first appointment by clicking here
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