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.
Listed below are just three of the many reasons for the occurrence 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.
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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