Relief for TMJD with chiropractic care: Non-medical, non-invasive solutions
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, also known as TMJ disorder or TMJD, is a condition that affects the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.
TMJD can cause a range of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw joint area,
- Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when opening or closing the mouth
- Difficulty or discomfort when chewing, speaking, or opening the mouth wide
- Aching pain in or around the ear
- Locking of the jaw joint
- Swelling on the side of the face
- A tired feeling in the face or muscles of the jaw
The exact cause of TMJD has yet to be fully understood. It may be a combination of several factors, including trauma to the jaw or joint muscles, grinding or clenching teeth, arthritis, and emotional stress.
Common treatments for TMJD include, self-care techniques like ice packs, heat packs, and gentle jaw exercises, pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications, or oral appliances.
Often, TMJD is caused or exacerbated by certain lifestyle factors such as stress, poor posture, or clenching/grinding of teeth. Changing your lifestyle, such as practicing stress-reduction techniques, improving posture, and wearing a mouthguard, can help alleviate symptoms.
Chiropractic care can help TMJD by addressing the underlying causes of the condition and providing relief from the symptoms, helping to avoid the long-term use of pain medications or other more extreme treatments.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of TMJD, consulting with a chiropractic professional can help you find a non-medical, non-invasive solution to alleviate pain.
By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit tpcportland.com.