Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Rochester Hills, MI patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Dalton will tell you that the research shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease soreness in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper carried out an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Dalton now and schedule an appointment to come into our Rochester Hills, MI practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!
Chiropractors, often considered alternative or complementary medicine practitioners, are primary care doctors who focus on good health through proper nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle factors. The chiropractic philosophy is based on the idea that when nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised (known as a subluxation), the affected individual might experience pain, disability and an overall decrease in the quality of life.