While many people might not be aware of the true reason behind their frequent jaw pain, they should know that this pain has its root in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
As the top upper cervical chiropractors in Georgia, we know that this sort of pain is a common occurrence that is usually a result of damage to the joint itself. Any trauma to the neck, head or jaw can lead to dysfunction and TMJ pain.
Typical causes include obvious injuries, such as car accidents or sports injuries, as well as detrimental habits like nail biting, teeth clenching, sleep grinding, gum chewing, and even holding the phone between your shoulder and ear for long periods of time.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
The symptoms of TMJ disorder will vary for each patient, and can affect one or both joints. However, the most typical TMJ disorder symptoms include pain at rest or when chewing, locking of the jaw, headaches, unexplained toothaches, earaches, ringing in the ears, clicking or popping of the joint, and facial or neck pain.
If left untreated, TMJ disorder will almost always get significantly worse over time as the joint itself experiences further damage, meaning a patient’s severity and number of symptoms will substantially increase as a result.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for TMJ Relief
Upper Cervical Chiropractic care directly addresses TMJ dysfunction and pain. This is because the upper two bones of the spine (axis) allow your head to pivot up-and-down and side-to-side.
Unfortunately, whenever these bones are knocked out of alignment or pulled, they restrict movement while pulling the surrounding muscles, specifically the muscles that connect your jaw to your skull (the TMJ). This is why neck problems almost always lead to TMJ problems.
In order to solve your TMJ pain, you typically must first address your upper cervical issues or simultaneously. Additionally, upper cervical issues can eventually lead to irritation of the tissues surrounding your brain stem, which results in a myriad of problems, from muscle pain down to your feet to severe digestive disorders.
At the end of the day, the body is an intricately connected system. One vital nexus, of which impacts a person’s overall health (including the TMJ function), is the upper cervical area.
TMJ Syndrome Treatment
TMJ treatment is typically easy, scientifically-grounded, painless, and more importantly, non-traumatic, and unlike any other care you may have attempted before. An upper cervical chiropractor will usually take an alternative approach to the crack, pop or head-twist that other chiropractors may have tried in order to help you solve your TMJ problems.
A good upper cervical doctor will take x-rays in order to assess the precise direction and angulation of the patient’s problem. The most usual of which is a result of the top two bones of the spine sliding out of alignment in one direction and pulling the attached muscles (and TMJ) out of alignment.
Your upper cervical chiropractor will then calculate the necessary vectors and angles required to gently nudge these two vertebrae back into their proper positions, and may take several separate treatments, depending on the duration and severity of a patient’s TMJ issue.
If you have been suffering from TMJ problems and pain, as a result, and you’re fortunate enough to live in the Dacula, Georgia area, please call Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia at 770-614-9644; or contact us on our website to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing upper cervical chiropractors today!