As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually very painful, we do our best to help our Prescott patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Weary Chiropractic Clinic will tell you that the research shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Weary Chiropractic Clinic now and make an appointment to come into our Prescott practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!