Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ
The temporomandibular joint, TMJ, connects your lower jaw to your skull. This joint allows your lower jaw to move up and down while you talk, chew, or yawn. Anything that causes this joint to be painful, affects its movement, or makes it unstable is referred to as TMJ disorder, or just TMJ. TMJ treatment is provided here at Campion Chiropractic in College Station, TX and in the Brazos Valley to help alleviate the pain and popping that is normally associated with TMJ.
The Symptoms of TMJ
- Pain in your jaw
- Problems or pain while chewing, talking, or opening your mouth
- Popping and clicking sounds while opening your jaw
- Jaw tenderness
- Pain in one or both ears
- Sometimes headaches, neck pain, and dizziness
These symptoms notify you that this joint is experiencing difficulty in performing its function.
What Causes TMJ?
Have you been punched in the jaw? Have you had an injury that impacted your face, head, or jaw? Such impact injuries can affect the operation of this joint. Other known causes of TMJ include:
- Clenching of teeth at night
- Misaligned teeth & loss of normal curve in your neck
- Auto Accidents / Whiplash
- Sports Injuries to the head and neck region
- Poor posture that puts pressure against this joint
- Pressure on a nerve that radiates to your jaw
For treatment purposes, it is important to determine the cause of your TMJ. At Campion Chiropractic, Dr. Sehorn and Dr. Campion focus on determining the cause and match it with the best therapies available to treat the condition.
How a Chiropractor Can Help Manage and Treat TMJ
TMJ treatment starts with our chiropractor identifying the root cause of your problem. Is it in the joint itself? Is it related to your jaw muscles? Is pressure being applied from inside your mouth? Has there been an injury to another part of your body that is affecting the nerves in your jaw?
If your jaw or neck is out of alignment, then gentle techniques can be used to move your jaw and neck back into alignment. You will notice immediate relief from pain and an improvement in your neck and jaw's movement. It may take a few treatments to completely relieve you of your TMJ. By working on your jaw muscles, muscle tension can be relieved. This will allow your jaw to move freely.
Connected to your spinal system, your TMJ disorder can be due to a spinal alignment problem. By making sure that your neck and spine are aligned properly, and making the necessary adjustments, our chiropractor can alleviate your TMJ symptoms.
Chronic TMJ symptoms can be controlled by quality care from our Campion Chiropractic Team of doctors. Myofascial release therapy, spinal manipulation, E- stim, Graston and exercises have all been shown to reduce TMJ pain and symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today
If you are experiencing the symptoms of TMJ and live in the College Station area or Brazos Valley, call (979) 693-6500 to schedule an appointment with us today at Campion Chiropractic. Dr. Sehorn and Dr. Campion will find the root cause of your condition and put you on the road to recovery.