Chiropractic Care for TMJ

Anyone seeking chiropractic treatment for TMJ disorder is familiar with the painful and unpleasant symptoms that this disorder can cause. TMJ disorder is a common condition that can hinder day-to-day activities such as drinking and eating.

The good thing is that people suffering from TMJ dysfunction rarely must consider extreme measures such as surgery to relieve pain and ease the symptoms. Joint disorders are among the many issues that a qualified chiropractor may be able to help.

What is TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your skull to the lower jaw. It allows us to chew, talk, and yawn, so it can make all these activities difficult to perform when it becomes swollen. TMJ affects approximately 30% of adults, especially women from ages 20 to 40.

The cause of TMJ Disorder, can vary, and in most cases, it can be a combination of factors triggering the joints and causing irritation:

  • Trauma to the surrounding muscles
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Incident (car accident or sports injury)
  • Misaligned bite from poor jaw position
  • Incorrect bite or uneven teeth
  • Stress on the skeletal system (low back or neck pain)
  • Inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis

The symptoms can vary between patients, but typical issues might include jaw pain, migraines, trouble talking or chewing, and neck pain. Some patients also experience dizziness and unsteadiness.

TMJ Adjustments: How Can a Chiropractor Help with Your Symptoms?

Chiropractic adjustment is known to be effective for sciatica, back and neck pain, and spine misalignment. Chiropractic care is also helpful for inflamed joints and muscles, and TM joints are not an exception. Proper jaw alignment is essential for overall health, and this is an area in which our chiropractors.

At Rushmore Family Chiropractic, we have years of experience reducing the pressure on nerves, alleviating muscle tension, and relieving pain in the spine. When people from South Dakota are looking for chiropractic treatment for TMJ disorders, we are the practice to visit due to our extensive knowledge, exceptional care, and professional approach.

Our bodies are a network of nerves, joints, muscles and other soft tissues that work together, so just because you feel jaw pain doesn’t mean the problem starts there. We will conduct a thorough examination, discuss your medical history, and perform necessary tests to understand your condition. Then we will suggest a TMJ treatment plan that will restore your quality of life.

Our TMJ Treatments 

Our TMJ chiropractic treatment focuses on lowering tension in the joints and muscles using trigger point therapy to lessen the jaw pain and enable you to move your jaw forward and back, side to side, and up and down with ease. If, during your initial visit, we determine that the cause is neck or back misalignment, our chiropractors will perform adjustments on the spinal joints.

We also use massage therapy to alleviate pressure and tension in the skull and ease TMJ symptoms. Our chiropractors may also give you home exercises and helpful tips to loosen the tight muscles and strengthen the joints.

Book an Appointment

At Rushmore Family Chiropractic, we welcome patients of all ages. From teenagers to senior adults and from occasional runners to professional athletes, we treat a wide range of people with a variety of symptoms.

Contact us today at (605) 716-0646 to learn more about our chiropractic treatment for TMJ disorders and how we can help you get back to your basic activities without pain or discomfort.

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