Glendale TMJD Treatment with Chiropractic Care
TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint is the connection between the jawbone and the skull. the joint which connects your jawbone to your skull. It is a complex area containing muscles, tendons and bone. This joint acts as a hinge and slides in a lateral motion. The bones in the joint are covered by cartilage and there is a small shock-absorbing disc that separates the bones to keep movement smooth and natural.
TMJD is dysfunction or disorder of the TMJ.
There are many causes of TMJD:
Injury to head, neck, teeth or jaw
Misalignment of jaw or teeth
Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
Misalignment or erosion of the disk
Gum chewing in excess
Signs and symptoms of TMJD:
Jaw clicking or popping, which may be painful when opening and closing the mouth
Ear pain/earache/ear pressure
Popping in the ears, ringing in the ears
Frequent Headaches, migraines, dizziness
Stiff or sore jaw muscles, tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles
Pain in the temples
Locking of the jaw
Difficulty opening and/or closing the mouth
Risk factors of TMJD include:
Posture – Poor posture of the neck and upper back leads to neck subluxation and abnormalities in jaw function
Stress – stress increases muscle tension and jaw clenching
Gender – Women ages 18 to 44 are at an increased risk
Physical – Jaw trauma or poorly positioned teeth increase risk for dysfunction
Chiropractic treatment of TMJD can help alleviate symptoms by correcting the misalignments (subluxations) in the spine and jaw. Adjustments, soft tissue work, therapeutic exercises, postural correction can also help improve pain, tracking, and movement of the jaw.
At HWC, we are trained to examine the neck and jaw to determine the best course of care necessary for your condition. We work closely with dentists to co-manage your care when it is necessary to consider mouth appliances (mouth guards, night guards, etc.) or any other dental care needed.
If you suffer from TMJ dysfunction or any of the related symptoms, call us at 818-551-9700 to set up your consultation. We offer customized, effective, natural chiropractic care to Glendale area.