Chiropractic Can Ease Jaw Pain Related to TMJ
As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Columbiana patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Vitko will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the TMJ.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
Dr. Vitko Can Help Clients Find Relief From TMJ Pain
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Vitko today and make an appointment to come into our Columbiana location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!
- Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
- Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
- Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015