Have you ever experienced jaw pain or had trouble opening and closing your mouth? It’s estimated that over 10 percent of people deal with jaw pain at any given time. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in your body, and you use it every day to eat and talk. When it’s not functioning properly or the soft tissues are inflamed, it can cause discomfort and interfere with daily tasks. Fortunately, we can help with you a complete treatment plan.
Although your spine is not directly connected to the TMJ, the first two vertebrae in particular can impact the jaw muscles or indirectly lead to inflammation in that area. Chiropractic adjustments can help with headaches as well as other symptoms of TMJ issues. By making sure your upper back, neck, and vertebrae are properly aligned, we can eliminate a potential source of pain and stiffness in the jaw.
Did you know that your posture can affect your jaw joint? In fact, a poorly aligned spine pushes the lower jaw forward, not just impacting your bite alignment but also putting strain on the jaw joint itself. When you sit and stand with health posture, the TMJ can open and close more easily and with less pain. We can teach you exercises and stretches to encourage healthier posture.
When you think of reducing inflammation and discomfort, you probably don’t think about visiting the dentist. They may not necessarily help with your body’s natural alignment, but your dentist in Hillsboro is an expert when it comes to facial structures, including the TMJ and bite alignment.
In some cases, pain in the jaw is the result of unconsciously grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep. If your TMJ issues are caused by this habit, called bruxism, your dentist can provide an occlusal guard (also called a night guard) or oral appliance that relaxes the jaw muscles and eases the stress on the TMJ. Together with chiropractic therapy, this appliance can help you get long-term relief and regain function.
In the end, you don’t have to suffer with jaw pain. Do something about it! Book an appointment today with one of our experienced Chiropractors at WellCore Health and Chiropractic Clinic! You can book Online or by calling us at (503) 648-6997.
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