TMJ refers to temporomandibular joint disorders, which affect the joint that is the connector between your lower jaw and your skull. This disorder often causes symptoms such as stiffness, locked jaw, clicking and pain.
Temporomandibular disorders are caused by a misalignment of the joint or by muscle adhesions in the jaw muscles, which happen as a result of clenching and grinding your teeth, poor posture, or an injury. When the muscles tighten and the lower jaw and skull are pulled closer together, they become misaligned. They add pressure on the joint and compress the disc.
Now that you know a bit about TMJ, you should know about the different ways that you can receive relief and support from your chiropractor. Remember, chiropractors offer you physical treatment, but they also extend their care to your overall lifestyle. This helps to offer you a complete approach to recovery.
Chiropractors have a number of treatment options for TMJ problems. These include the correct pressure on your jaw, on your skull, or on your upper spine to help sooth irritated nerves and improve your jaw’s range of motion.
Soft tissue-based therapies, such as the Active Release Techniques®, may be an addition to your entire treatment plan. This basically is a patented tissue-based therapy that helps to break up adhesions and scar tissue on the ligaments and muscle around the affected joint. If you combine Active Release Techniques with regular chiropractic treatments, you can see positive results.
Are you tired of sore jaws, painful lower teeth and tension headaches? Are you finally ready to seek relief from your TMJ pain without medication or devices? Contact our chiropractic clinic in Stouffville to set up an assessment and treatment plan with Dr. Turner.