A patient reminded me today about all the peripheral problems that accompany TMJ and how many things seemed to clear up as we were able to clear his TMJ Syndrome. People may experience neck and facial pain, sinus trouble, stiffness in the neck, difficulty chewing, difficulty yawning and some sleep disturbances.
There are many approaches from bite guards to massage and from injections to surgery. My experience has been that I have been able to help approximately 80% of patients presenting with TMJ Syndrome directly through chiropractic adjustments of the spine and temporomandibular joint. I’ve been able to help another 10% of those by helping change lifestyle habits, referring them to other types of practitioners like a dentist for a bite guard or a massage therapist to deal with the overuse of the musculature.
The reason chiropractic has been so effective is because of the special relationship of the cervical spine and occiput to the temporomandibular joint. There is a direct anatomical connection between the second cervical vertebra and the mandible (jaw bone). In fact, any upper cervical misalignment can cause a problem and even a syndrome to develop that involves the TMJ.
The patient I mentioned at the beginning of this post also thought it worth pointing out that after clearing his cervical spine and adjusting his TMJ around six times his pain was resolved and has never returned. Now to be fair, I do have some patients that we have only been able to manage their TMJ pain and not cure it. However, a large portion of those patients are often unable or unwilling to change their lifestyle habits that contribute to the problem.
I know this sounds like I’m trying to sell myself but it’s really not my intent. Many people far outside the range of my office read this blog and I recommend you all seek chiropractic help at a location convenient to you. So if you’re having TMJ problems, the solution really may be at your Chiropractor’s office.
Please let me know what you think of this post. I would love to share your experience.