TMJ Pain Eased by Chiropractic
Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Anchorage, AK patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the jaw.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms 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, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help People Find Comfort From TMJ Pain
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray now and schedule an appointment to come into our Anchorage, AK office. 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