TMJ Disorders and Chiropractic Care

TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. When it’s not functioning properly, it can be the source of a lot of pain and affect the eating and speaking habits. If your jaw “clicks” or makes odd sounds when you chew or open your mouth, you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Other symptoms include pain in the ear, neck, jaw, temples, swelling of the face, or stiffening of the jaw joint. 

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TMJ Pain? Chiropractic for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the term for the paired joints between the upper and lower jaws, as well as the term generally used to describe pain or other dysfunction of these same joints.

Initial treatment for a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can include applying heat or cold to the jaw area, eating mostly soft foods, taking anti-inflammatory drugs, or wearing a bite guard in the mouth at night. If these methods are unsuccessful, many patients resort to dental treatments to modify the bite or even surgery of the jaw. For those with TMJ symptoms, chiropractic is available as an alternative to those more invasive treatments.

How Can Chiropractic Help the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?

Chiropractic care for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can ease pain by correcting the misalignment between the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic can be effective at reducing the pain associated with TMJ, either when used alone or as a complement to other treatments. This is because, rather than change the diet or modify the teeth, it relaxes the muscles, adjusts the joint and uses specific trigger points to accurately re-position the jaw. When done successfully, this will not only relieve pain in the short run (as would medications or eating soft foods), but it will help prevent TMJ pain from returning.


College Kids: Back to School Health

Classes are in session! While the health of our little ones is very important, we’ve got attentive nurses and teachers to help along the way. This time, we’re focusing on the college kids- you’re finally on your own! Your priorities are going to make a major shift- exams, hard deadlines, and financial decisions are on your mind- but it’s so important not to forget about your health. You don’t have mom watching over anymore; your health is your own responsibility. Here are a few things we’d like our college students to remember this semester.

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Break Bad Backpacking

New classrooms, teachers, friends; back-to-schoolers face lots of changes, but one thing remains the same: homework. And lots of it! All those books do more than just bring on some all-nighters. Heavy and unevenly distributed weight can cause damage to the neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Students with overstuffed bags or disproportionate bags are subject to muscle spasms, cramps, misaligned spine, poor posture, slouching, and pain.  

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Schedule a Massage Today!

People think massages are an expensive luxury, not something for the everyday man. And while we won’t deny it that getting a massage from is extremely relaxing (especially one from Gigi or Linda), massage therapy is something we recommend to our patients for it’s health benefits.

First, you have the obvious results, like the relief of pain and muscle tension. But massage therapy has an increasingly larger influence on the body than relieving basic muscle aches. Those suffering from poor circulation can benefit from a massage, because the flow of blood and lymph vessels become stimulated. Stressing out can cause all kinds of problem -- high blood pressure, suppressed immune and nervous system. All of these are improved with the assistance of massage therapy. In addition, massages decrease postural strain, raise mood & intellectual judgement, and relieves restless tension in expecting mothers and the elderly. 

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