As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Jacksonville patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Chanatry Chiropractic will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were assessed prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Chanatry Chiropractic today and make an appointment to come into our Jacksonville location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!