January 29, 2009
“TMJ,” Fremont Chiropractor Dr. Hans Freericks explains, “can absolutely be treated with chiropractic care.” If you are unfamiliar with TMJ or Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction, here is a brief explanation. When the disk in your jaw gets displaced, it causes TMJ. This condition makes opening and closing your mouth difficult. If left untreated, this will lead to severe problems like headaches and pain in the ears.
You can tell if you have TMJ by a grinding or crunching sound when you open or close your mouth. Primarily, TMJ is caused by activities that strain the jaw. Regardless of the cause, though, people who suffer from the pain of this condition want a cure. So they ask how a chiropractor can fix TMJ and relieve me of this pain?
The short answer is yes … TMJ can be fixed as stated by Fremont Chiropractor, Dr. Freericks. In fact, in many cases, patients have observed that chiropractic treatment was more effective than allopathic treatment. A chiropractor will recommend certain pain relieving exercises which will relax the patient’s jaw muscles. The chiropractor will also focus the patient on exercise, nutrition and lifestyle improvements which will not only help you get rid of the pain, but will take care that the pain does not return.
May 27, 2008
Can Chiropractors Really Help You with Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)?
Absolutely! How? Most people never think about it, but the ability to speak, chew and swallow or even yawn is a result of the jaw acting as a hinge to connect it to the skull. TMJ is a condition where this joint becomes inflamed or irritated. It can be extremely painful. The opening and closing of the mouth becomes difficult and a grinding or crunching sound comes from the joint. This can be caused things like:
• habitual gum chewing or nail biting
• teeth grinding
• dental problems
• occupational tasks
These events cause the tendons and muscles in the upper neck and jaw area to displace vertebra in the upper neck or displace the temporal mandibular joint itself. The result is further irritation and eventually symptoms such as pain, headaches, earaches, dizziness, muffled hearing, not to mention inconvenience of not being able to move the jaw freely. If not treated immediately, TMJ may lead to severe problems.
A chiropractor can help with treating TMJ in two ways:
1. Providing a Chiropractic adjustment to the upper spine, or jaw
2. Recommend exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to speed healing and full range of motion
Chiropractors will perform a series of tests and evaluation of the spine, the upper neck area, and the jaw bone. X-rays will be taken to check for misaligned vertebra particularly in the upper neck. They will verify if one or both sides of the jaw are locking up. Once an assessment has been made chiropractors will perform an adjustment to either the neck, spine or jaw itself. This treatment has been very successful for many patients – all without the use of dangerous drugs and surgery.
Chiropractors are concerned with not only treating patients until their pain dissipates, but also assuring their problems are permanently eliminated. Chiropractic care focuses on the total human body, in the belief that is inter-related with both the environment and individuals’ lifestyles.
What are some of the philosophical elements associated with chiropractic care? Among them:
Chiropractors can recommend certain pain relieving exercises that help to relax jaw. Meditation and massage are some of the other methodologies adopted by the chiropractor to treat their patients.
Some people believe pain medication will provide quick relief for their problems. While this is sometimes true, medications only provide temporary relief to pain and do not eliminate the cause. In addition, if covering up the pain with medication delays treatment the TMJ can become more severe and take longer to treat and recover from. Medications may also result in harmful side-effects. The practice of medicine is the third leading cause of death in the United States behind cancer and heart disease!
Surgery is another option for TMJ. But surgery can be costly, time consuming, painful, not to mention deadly!
In many cases, chiropractic care is more effective with treating TMJ than drugs and medicines. Not only is it more effective, it helps patients through care that is gentler, cheaper, and does not include the high risk of drugs and surgery.