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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)

If you regularly experience jaw or facial pain, especially when chewing or speaking, you may have TMJ, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. TMJ is a common condition and is readily treatable with chiropractic care. Motus Integrative Health regularly assists patients dealing with jaw dysfunction, and we’d be happy to help you as well. This condition is often a long term issue, so don’t wait to try our holistic remedies at our pain control center. 

Symptoms of TMJ

If you think you may have TMJ, it’s important to get checked out by a health professional. TMJ is generally a frustrating condition since it can make everyday tasks difficult. Pain tends to be circumstantial and gets worse when moving the jaw, so most people manage it using natural measures. TMJ causes a set of distinct symptoms: 

  • Pain around jaw, ear and temples
  • Stiffness and trouble opening mouth
  • Jaw gets stuck open or closed
  • Popping sound when moving jaw
  • Headaches and neck pain
  • Tenderness

While these symptoms may be distressing, there are fortunately ways you can reduce your pain. First, it’s important to know the nature of this condition. 

Understanding TMJ

The jaw has two joints on each side of your head, which act as hinges that let you open and close your mouth. When these joints become inflamed, usually due to muscular fatigue or joint damage, it can cause severe pain that makes talking and chewing difficult. The pain can not only affect the joints, but also the muscles that control jaw movement. Over time, the condition can become worse, especially in the case that the jaw joint is arthritic. Fortunately, most cases are temporary and go away once proper treatment is administered, alongside any relevant lifestyle changes. 

It’s not always easy to find a cause for TMJ. Many cases can be attributed to stress and teeth grinding, which puts pressure on the jaw. Arthritis and injuries can also affect the jaw’s mobility. In other situations, the cause is unknown, and may simply be hereditary. Regardless, it’s important to get the condition treated to help minimize pain. Nonsurgical methods are highly recommended and often successful, so visiting a chiropractor is an excellent option. 

Benefits of Chiropractic Treatments

TMJ is often treated naturally, making chiropractic a great choice. Our team can administer a number of effective solutions that will help you feel better in less time. The jaw joint not moving correctly is the reason for the distinct clicking noise, as well as the pain, so by treating the issue at its core, you’ll enjoy faster pain relief that lasts. 

Therapies our chiropractic team may use might include:

Chiropractic is incredibly safe, and many patients report feeling better after just a few adjustments. We hope you’ll depend on our team to administer the compassionate care you need. 

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TMJ is a painful condition, but for most people, it’s treatable using a variety of chiropractic measures. Motus Integrative Health is dedicated to helping patients with TMJ find a solution that works for them. Your health is unique, so we provide individualized services to help you find a treatment that works for you. Get started today by calling us

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