TMJ can be a painful condition that affects your ability to go about important everyday activities like eating and speaking. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the joints which attach your jaw to your skull, and is a term often used to describe temporomandibular joint dysfunction. If you are suffering jaw pain and dysfunction from TMJ in Lakeville or St. Paul, you can find relief at Lake Marion Chiropractic Clinic.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a complex condition. The teeth, mandible, temporomandibular joint itself, and the nearly 70 muscles controlling it can all play a part in causing TMJ. In addition, misalignment in the neck and spine can be an underlying culprit.
Symptoms of TMJ can include:
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty or pain when chewing
- Lessened range of motion
- Clicking or grinding noises
What Is the Standard Medical Treatment for TMJ?
TMJ is sadly mismanaged by a traditional doctor. They can only offer medications to relieve symptoms, corrective appliances which are often uncomfortable, or surgery, which is risky.
Chiropractic Care for TMJ
Since TMJ is a complex syndrome, treatment is personalized to the individual. However, manipulation of the mandible and articular disc are often part of the treatment protocol. In addition, cervical alignment and correct posture are very important for long term relief from TMJ. Studies have shown that posture correction is an important part of TMJ treatment, and this starts with proper alignment of the head, neck, and spine.
Relaxation techniques and massage therapy may be recommended as well. Tight muscles in the neck can contribute to the forward head posture associated with TMJ. Specific exercises to regain range of motion and strength in the temporomandibular joint will likely be given as well.
TMJ can severely affect your quality of life. Chiropractic care combined with holistic treatments can offer you relief and allow you to be free from TMJ pain. At Lake Marion Chiropractic Clinic, we focus not only on relieving the problem temporarily, but ensuring your body is in proper order so it doesn't reoccur. If you are suffering from TMJ in Lakeview and St. Paul, contact us today. We can help. Our number is 952-469-8385.