Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Texarkana patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Back Pain Chiropractic will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. The group 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 origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
Back Pain Chiropractic Can Help People Find Comfort From TMJ Pain
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Back Pain Chiropractic now and make an appointment to come into our Texarkana office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!
- Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
- Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
- Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015