Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ in San Antonio, TX
Besides treating back and neck pain, chiropractic care is also a natural and drug-free way to effectively treat a variety of other conditions, including TMJ. This disorder affects the temporomandibular joint, which is a joint that is located on each side of the jaw and connects it to the bottom of the skull. When this joint becomes misaligned, it often results in TMJ, a disorder that affects over 10 million people in the United States. Not only is it painful, it can make it difficult to chew food, and cause other complications.
Symptoms of TMJ
Jaw pain is the most common symptom associated with TMJ. Other symptoms include:
- Aching pain in one or both ears
- The joint locks, making it difficult to open and close the mouth
- Frequent earaches and headaches
- Popping or clicking sounds when the jaw opens or closes
Besides a misaligned jaw, other possible causes of TMJ include injury to the teeth, grinding the teeth, arthritis, and chewing gum.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Some of the conventional treatment methods for this disorder and the jaw pain that comes along with it include prescription drugs, surgery, and other invasive procedures. If you prefer a natural form of treatment, without the use of medications that could have harmful side effects, chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat TMJ.
In order to get to the root cause of your TMJ, our chiropractor will evaluate your entire body, which will include an examination of your bones, spine, and jaw. One of the first steps our chiropractor might take is to use cold laser therapy, which is a noninvasive type of therapy that will loosen the tension in your jaw, thereby decreasing the pain. Once your jaw bone gets realigned, your jaw will move more smoothly and you'll be able to open and close your mouth without feeling any pain.
Sometimes a misaligned spine or tight muscles in the neck can contribute to jaw pain. For this reason, our chiropractor will give a spinal adjustment. The number of chiropractic treatments needed will largely depend on the cause and the severity of your TMJ. You should feel immediate relief after your first visit, but it may take some time for your jaw to fully recover.
If you have jaw pain or any other symptoms associated with TMJ, feel free to contact Dr. Phillips Chiropractic Nutrition and Wellness at (210) 545-1144 to schedule your appointment. We are located at 115 N Loop 1604 E #1207 in San Antonio, TX. You can also request an appointment online.
We would love to help you with your TMJ and help you meet all your health and wellness goals.