TMD is an acronym that stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. It is any pain and discomfort concerning your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which attaches your lower jaw to your skull. Moving your mouth, talking, and chewing are all possible thanks to the TMJ. 

Irritation of the joint itself or swelling of the muscles that power the movements of the face and jaw can result in TMD. An upper cervical chiropractor in Redwood City, CA can help alleviate TMD. 

You may have TMD if you experience the following:

  1. Problems chewing
  2. Ear pain
  3. Pain or soreness in the jaw
  4. Grinding, clicking, or locking up of the jaw joint
  5. Abnormal neck pain and headaches

Ways to Relieve TMD

Your family doctor may prescribe over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications if you complain of TMD. Sometimes, splints or therapy are also helpful. However, if you seek long-lasting relief that resolves the cause of TMD, upper cervical chiropractic care may be the answer you are looking for.

The Connection Between the Jaw and the Spine

As an upper cervical chiropractor in Redwood City, CA, I take care of the area of the spine where the head and neck meet, also known as the upper cervical spine. This spot lies close to the location of the jaw joint. It is a complex region consisting of nerves that give feeling and function to the jaw and face. If any of the bones in this area misaligns, specifically the C1 or C2 vertebra, it can lead to pain and stress on the jaw area and the facial muscles. This explains why besides face and jaw pain, TMD sufferers also experience neck pain. 

Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we employ a very gentle method to realign these bones back into their place. We do not crack or pop the spine to achieve positive outcomes. Instead, our technique is natural and encourages the bones to return into their position on their own. This can ease the pressure on the jaw joint and get rid of the pain and inflammation. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

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Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMJ or more accurately TMD, is a painful condition. TMD sufferers may feel a radiating pain from their jaw down into the neck, and sometimes it may spread to the ears. They are unable to open their mouth widely, limiting their ability to eat, talk, or yawn. Hearing a grinding or clicking noise when they open or close their mouth is also common.

In mild cases, TMD lasts for a few days or weeks and heals on its own. However, people who have severe cases may experience constant pain that requires more than rest and self-care to go away. If this is your current situation, it’s high time you seek the help of a Redwood City chiropractic specialist for TMJ pain.

Is Jaw Surgery the Best Option?

Doctors often recommend medications, stretching exercises, and natural remedies such as eating a diet of soft foods and icing of the jaw when patients complain of difficulty chewing or talking. However, when all these strategies fail to give relief, surgery may come into the picture. Your doctor may mention considering the newest advances in surgery for TMD. Jaw surgery is often considered the best option for TMD.

A recent surgical procedure replaces the entire temporomandibular joint with a titanium one, similar to having knee, shoulder, or hip replacement. However, this is an invasive treatment that comes with various risks and complications. Before deciding or considering jaw surgery, you may want to talk to your local upper cervical chiropractor.

Resolve TMD with Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Redwood City, CA

The jaw and the muscles of the face are connected. This explains why TMD has a wide radius of pain. Even the smallest misalignment in one of the bones of the upper cervical spine or neck, specifically the C1 or C2 vertebrae, can affect and tighten the muscles in the shoulders, neck, face, and jaw. It can result in pinched nerves of the neck, causing the symptoms of TMD.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we use upper cervical chiropractic care, a gentle method that corrects this misalignment, eliminating pressure on the nerves. Once the bones have returned to their original place, muscles can begin to relax, and the jaw can heal, resulting in lasting relief for TMD.

To schedule a complimentary consultation call our Redwood City office at 650-595-0500 You can also click the button below.

To schedule a complimentary consultation call our Redwood City office at 650-595-0500 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.


The acronym TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint (which is the jaw joint), and problems related to it are called temporomandibular disorders (TMD). The TMJ attaches the lower jaw to the skull and allows movements such as talking, eating, and making facial expressions. If something causes the TMJ not to function appropriately, you will experience the discomfort and pain of TMD.

Possible Causes of TMD

Listed below are just three of the many reasons for the occurrence of TMD:

Symptoms of TMD

Symptoms of TMJ disorders differ depending on the severity of the case. Some of the common signs and symptoms include the following:

So, what are the treatment options available to ease your TMJ pain? Your doctor may suggest over-the-counter pain killers or prescription medications to relieve the pain temporarily.  But if you opt for a natural and long-lasting solution, a Redwood City chiropractic specialist for TMJ pain can help address the aching and get to the underlying cause of the disorder.

Proper Spinal Alignment Can Stop TMJ Pain

A misalignment in the bones of the upper spine is seen as another cause of TMD. This is very likely especially if you had an injury or trauma before the onset of your TMD. Any damage to the head or neck may cause the top bones of the neck — the C1 or C2 vertebra — to misalign, which can result in contraction of the muscles in the face, jaw, and neck. Pain and swelling may persist after this type of misalignment.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we take a unique approach to help the bones of the neck realign. We utilize scientific measurements and imaging to locate your misalignments. After we have discovered the location, we use a gentle system to help the bone return into the correct position. Once corrected, the muscles of the jaw, face, and neck will begin to relax, and your TMJ pain can be alleviated.

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The jaw is composed of a complex pair of joints called the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), that are located on each side of the face. These joints are advanced moving parts that allow the mouth to hinge open and close, as well as do a sliding motion so the jaw can move side to side.  The TMJ is what connects the lower part of the jaw, called the mandible, to the rest of the skull. The parts of the bones that interact with each other in the joint are covered with cartilage and have a disc between them to assist with keeping jaw movements smooth. TMJ pain could happen for several reasons:

  1. The disc can wear out or misalign
  2. The cartilage can become damaged
  3. The joint can be hurt from an injury or impact

The range of TMJ disorder symptoms can vary from mild pain to being unable to open and close the jaw to eat, speak, or yawn.

The Neck and the Jaw

It is very common that the same people who have TMJ pain and problems also have neck pain.  This is not a coincidence. The atlas (the uppermost vertebra in the spine) is located very close to the TMJ on either side of the face.  The slightest misalignment of the atlas vertebra can lead to unequal muscle tension in the jaw, resulting in one side working harder than the other.  An atlas misalignment can negatively affect the nerves that assist the muscles of the jaw and face, resulting in abnormal function.

We highly recommend contacting an upper cervical chiropractor if you think that the cause of your TMJ could be related to an atlas misalignment.  At Advanced Spinal Care, this is the area of the spine that what we specialize in. By taking a detailed examination at the way that the atlas is positioned, we can identify even the most minor deviation of normal alignment that could cause serious problems.  After a gentle correction to realign the atlas, the body naturally begins to correct any imbalances so that normal jaw function can be restored.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tmj/home/ovc-20209398

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habits-to-avoid-to-keep-tmj-pain-awayThe temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is one of the most frequently used joints in the body. It is responsible for movements needed for eating, chewing, talking, yawning, and so on. This joint is designed similar to a hinge, connecting the jaw bone to the skull.  Issues in the function of this joint could be a result of a problem within the joint itself or with the muscles that power the joint’s movement. There are many characteristics that can be ascribed to issues with the TMJ such as popping or clicking in the joint, pain or tenderness in the jaw, ear aches, or difficulty chewing.

Habits that can be a factor in TMJ pain include the following:

Reducing some of these habits can bring relief for milder cases of temporomandibular joint dysfunction.  However, if avoiding these activities does not provide lasting relief, then they are probably not the root cause of your TMJ problems, and it is most likely necessary to further investigate the issue.

The Connection Between the Spine and the Jaw

The focus of upper cervical chiropractic care is on the alignment of the atlas vertebra which is located at the very top of the neck and is closely connected to the function of the jaw joint.  If the atlas moves out of alignment to even a slight degree, it can negatively affect the proper function of the jaw. Atlas misalignments can lead to the jaw pulling to one side due to unequal muscle tension on either side of the face.  This makes a person susceptible to pain, clicking, popping, or limitations in range of motion.

Atlas adjustments at Advanced Spinal Care are gentle and specific to exactly where the misalignment has occurred. The goal of our practice is to address the root cause of your TMJ pain and dysfunction using our natural methods. Correcting the atlas misalignment can restore proper balance and symmetry to the face and jaw joint, which means less pain and fewer issues related to temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

 

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tmj/home/ovc-20209398

https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/datastatistics/finddatabytopic/facialpain/prevalencetmjd.htm

To schedule a complimentary consultation call our Redwood City office at 650-595-0500 You can also click the button below.

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if you are outside of the local area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

tmd-why-happen-can-helpTMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder and causes pain in the face and jaw. The chiropractic field has been caring for TMD for many years now. Studies have helped to prove this kind of care really works. A study focused on the positive results of using an activator adjustment tool to help with TMD patients. All of the patients showed improvement in their symptoms. General chiropractors often use an activator tool. However, upper cervical chiropractors use a different form of care for their patients. Does it work?

Upper Cervical Care and TMD

Upper cervical chiropractors focus on the top bones of the neck and ensure that they are in proper alignment. The C1 or atlas bone lies just below the skull near the jawline. If the atlas bone becomes misaligned, it can negatively impact the facial nerves and the jaw, leading to symptoms of TMD --  swelling, pain and a popping or grinding sound when chewing. This is why TMD pain sometimes radiates down the neck and up into the ear. Everything in this area of the face is closely interconnected.

Upper cervical chiropractic care is different from tradition chiropractic in that we do not resort to popping or cracking the neck to get results. Rather, we use a gentle method without force. We take specialized x-rays to help us determine the exact location of your misalignment and then use light pressure or a similar method to help the bones of the neck to realign more naturally. The body more readily accepts this type of realignment, and it puts less stress on the neck and spine overall, resulting in a longer-lasting adjustment.

Once the atlas bone has been repositioned, the body can begin its natural healing process. The jaw and facial muscles can begin to relax, and tension can be released. This is often all that is needed to improve the symptoms of TMD.

Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial Pain, Face PainTrigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the nerves in the face. Any small amount of stimulation of these nerves, for example brushing the teeth, can cause bouts of severe pain. It has been described as invisible pain and referred to as one of the most painful conditions. The most common treatment is medication to reduce symptoms. If this does not work, other more invasive treatments are suggested. Such things as injections of Botox and glycerol or surgery may be other options.

However, many people prefer a natural option that has long-lasting effects. Medication can bring short-term relief, but it does not look at the root cause of the problem. Can anything help to relieve the pain?

How the Neck Is Involved

By understanding how the upper neck functions, it helps to explain why a person feels pain. The purpose of the spine is to protect the spinal cord. The job of the spinal cord is to communicate with the brain and body. If a misalignment is found in the uppermost bone of the neck, called the atlas bone, it can be putting undue pressure on the spinal cord. This can cause communication to break down and the signals being sent to be incorrect. The brain reads these signals as pain signals, and this can cause trigeminal pain.

Upper cervical chiropractors are trained to detect and correct such misalignments using specialized tools and techniques that are individual to each patient. We use a gentle, effective adjustment to correct the atlas bone and relieve the pressure on the spinal cord. Proper signals will once again begin to be sent, and healing will take place. This very well can lead to a reduction of symptoms of trigeminal pain.

For example, a study was done involving a 10-year-old male who was suffering from trigeminal neuralgia for 4 months. He was put under the care of an upper cervical chiropractor and after 5 days reported that he was totally free of symptoms! His mother followed up 1.5 years later and said he remained free of any trigeminal neuralgia pain.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at https://bayareanuccacare.com/

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