Temporomandibular disorders, also called TMJ, affect the joint where your skull meets your lower jaw. Common symptoms include jaw clicking, pain, stiffness or a locked jaw. These symptoms are a result of the joint being misaligned, your bite being off and/or muscle adhesions in the jaw muscles which can occur from grinding or clenching your teeth, poor posture or an injury.
This occurs when the muscles tighten and the skull and lower jaw are pulled closer together and become misaligned. This puts pressure on the joint and causes irritation.
When the ligaments stretch or tear it can pull the disc out of position. This is common in injuries such as whiplash.
Degeneration of the joint occurs when the disc wears away, leaving the bones rubbing against and irritating the nerves.
Chiropractors look beyond just your jaw, but at your overall lifestyle. A total approach to wellness helps determine the best course of action for your problem.
Adjustments may be used in your treatment of TMJ depending on the cause of your jaw disorder. During an adjustment, the chiropractor may press on your jaw, skull or upper spine to relieve irritated nerves and increase your jaw’s range of motion.
The goal of TMJ chiropractic care treatments is to eliminate pain, improve the range of motion of the jaw, and strengthen the jaw muscles without using invasive procedures such as surgery. In fact, seeking care for your Temporomandibular Joint Disorder with our chiropractor in Atlanta means that you will receive natural and holistic treatment options. Our chiropractor aims to reduce your eliminate your need for medications and seeks to improve patients’ well-being and health without surgery.
Chiropractic adjustments are used to put the jaw back into its proper place. If the neck is suspected to be the cause of TMJ, an adjustment will be performed to realign the neck. Hot and cold therapies are used to reduce pain and swelling so that the area begins to heal. Therapeutic exercises and muscle stimulation may be recommended to strengthen the muscles of the jaw and prevent it from sliding out of socket.
Patients usually experience relief after the first visit. However, multiple visits with our Atlanta chiropractor over the course of months may be needed to fully correct the problem and heal the associated injuries