Health & Happiness: Jaw pain relief is possible!

By Dr. Kathy Cantwell & Dr. Paula Rivera

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD), is inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. TMJ often leads to ear pain, tinnitus, headaches, neck, and shoulder pain. Sufferers experience difficulty chewing, yawning, and even talking. It can be caused by several factors including teeth grinding, trauma, stress, posture and degenerative joint disease.

When working properly, the temporomandibular joint acts as a shock absorber for your jaw. But when you grind your teeth or chew while misaligned, the surrounding muscles become sore and the cartilage in your joint wears down. Many people manage TMJ pain with medication, bite guards, or even changing to a soft food diet, but too often overlooked is the interrelationship between body posture and jaw function.

Dr. Kathy Cantwell and Dr. Paula Rivera are certified in Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT). SOT technique emphasizes the relationship between the cranial bones, TMJ, meningeal system, spine and pelvis. Along with traditional chiropractic treatments, Dr. Kathy and Dr. Paula specialize in intra-oral and craniofacial adjusting in order to help relieve and prevent TMJ pain and symptoms. Currently, they are working with several dentists in the area and look forward to working with you in order to determine the best treatment plan for you to return to a healthy, pain-free state as soon as possible.

Whether you are just starting out your journey towards jaw pain relief or have been looking for resolution for some time, integrating their chiropractic expertise into your treatment plan will greatly benefit the process.

For more information, visit Unity Chiropractic & Wellness Center at or call us, 503-747-3388. We are located at 12325 SW Horizon Blvd #223 near Cinetopia.