TMJ Disorder?

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TMJ Disorder

Call Us Today – (302) 539-7063

Chiropractic Care for TMJ

If you have pain or tenderness in your jaw or if your jaw is making popping or clicking sounds, you may have TMJ pain. A recent study found that about 11-12 million adults in the United States will experience TMJ pain at some point.

If you’re ready to get relief from your TMJ pain we’ve got some good news for you! Not only do chiropractic TMJ adjustments help ease the pain when you visit a chiropractor but you can also do some soft tissue work at home to help loosen up your jaw muscles and reduce pain. TMJ adjustments are quick and provide relief to pesky TMJ pain.

What is TMJ

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders, a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. TMJ is very common, especially among younger people. The causes of TMJ include direct injury/trauma to the jaw, teeth grinding, nail-biting, degenerative joint diseases like arthritis, infections, and autoimmune diseases. Approximately 12% of the US population is experiencing TMJ at any time and many of them don’t realize that a chiropractor can help with the pain that comes along with TMJ. Many people believe that they have to just deal with TMJ pain and that’s simply not true! Many of our patients with TMJ come in for a chiropractic TMJ adjustment and experience immediate relief that improves over time. Symptoms Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth

TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew.

CHIROPRACTIC TMJ ADJUSTMENT

When you visit BeachView Chiropractic with jaw pain we’ll focus on 3 key muscles: the masseter, the temporalis, and the pterygoid. We’ll also pay close attention to the suboccipital muscles, the jaw joint itself and the top 2 vertebrae because they greatly impact the jaw joint and we want to make sure everything is aligned properly.

During the TMJ adjustment, Dr. Chris Rush will feel for which side of the jaw joint opens the least amount and which one opens last to identify which side should be worked on first. We adjust the stuck side of the jaw first and then the other side with a light push motion. After this adjustment, we reassess and often find that the jaw joint is realigned.

We treat many patients who have TMJ and the jaw pain that comes along with it. Do you suffer from TMJ? Call BeachView Chiropractic Today!

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A: Only if the doctor determines that they are necessary
A: Bring your insurance information in with you when you come in for your appointment. There is no charge for you for the consultation to talk to the doctor about your condition. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Health Care, and Self Pay.
A: The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a hand-held, spring-loaded device that delivers fast, precise adjustments in order to restore range of motion to the vertebrae and extremity joints.
A: Traditional spinal manipulation is performed with our chiropractor’s hands. During the adjustment, a quick, firm thrust will be used to realign the joint. While this is perfectly safe, the adjusted area is much larger with a traditional adjustment than with an Activator adjustment. The Activator delivers a direct and precise adjustment that does not require any twisting or pulling. Individuals typically find the activator method less physically and mentally stressful because there are not as many pops or cracks associated with the adjustment, and the speed of the device means that the muscles do not have time to tense against the force.
A: Everyone is unique and we can give you more idea once we have assessed your case. Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take many weeks or months. Many factors can affect the healing process.