TMJ Care From Our West Hartford Chiropractor

Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly abbreviated as either TMJ or TMD, can turn the simple tasks of talking, chewing, or just opening your mouth into an agonizing chore. The sensitive joints that mobilize your jaw can be damaged, displayed or irritated in a number of ways. If your dentist alone cannot correct this painful problem, it's time to consult a West Hartford chiropractor on our health and wellness team. We can administer joint adjustments and other non-surgical techniques to improve your jaw function and relieve your symptoms without drugs.


The Trouble with TMJ

The temporomandibular joint is perhaps the most remarkable joint in the entire body. Unlike many joint which can only move in one manner or direction, the temporomandibular joint allows your jawbone to move forward, backward, up, down, and side to side -- all important motions for chewing food and speaking. But with greater mobility comes greater complexity, and the delicate collection of bone ends, cartilaginous discs, muscles and connective tissues at each "hinge" of your jaw can easily run into problems. For example, an impact to the face can dislocate and/or damage the damage the joints, or an uneven bite can create a state of chronic strain. Even a misalignment in another area, such as an upper cervical misalignment that shifts your head off-balance in relation to your neck can transfer stress, muscle tension and chronic stress to the jaw tissues. The hallmark signs of TMJ include:

  • Joint stiffness and pain
  • An inability to open your mouth very wide
  • Swelling where the jawbone meets the skull
  • Chronic earaches
  • Clicking or popping sounds
  • Chronic headache pain

Chiropractic and Other Natural Therapies

In many cases, a dentist will identify a misaligned bite as the underlying cause of TMJ symptoms, prescribing a nighttime bite guard or even dental procedures to relieve the problem. But these measures won't relieve your pain if your TMJ stems from another cause altogether, or if secondary causes are also involved. Our chiropractic team can perform a careful examination of your jaw and upper cervical alignment while also collecting details of your medical history and symptoms. This enables us to provide safe, all-natural therapeutic solutions, either on our own or in cooperation with your dentist, so make things right. These solutions may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments to normalize jaw position or upper cervical spinal alignment
  • Acupuncture and other natural forms of pain relief
  • Cold laser therapy to reduce jaw tissue inflammation and reduce pain
  • Reiki therapy to help tense jaw muscles relax
  • Simple stretching and relaxation exercises you can practice at home

Schedule an Appointment with Your West Hartford Chiropractor

Life's too short to have to live it encumbered by the pain and inconvenience of TMJ. If you're ready to do your jaw (and the rest of you) a huge favor, call West Hartford Chiropractic today to set up a consultation, evaluation, and treatment from our skilled team!

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