How TMJ Can Be Treated With Integrated Wellness
TMJ is an issue with jaw joints and can be caused from trauma to head and face, or the nerves in your brainstem or neck. Recent dental work is usually the most common cause of TMJ.
Chiropractors can adjust for it. A TMJ assessment can identify if the motion of the jaw working properly. This motion assessment is completed in one minute and will allow the doctor to identify how to best treat the problem. There is a test called “the Three Finger Test” – if you can put the fingers in without any pain, it should most likely rectify itself. If there is any pain, there could be an issue with the rotation or translation of sliding in the jaw. If it deviates to the right, the rotation component is fine but the sliding rotation is not working properly and therefore, it affects the other side of the jaw.
First, we’ll correct neck subluxations (misalignments). This is a gentle adjustment but necessary to begin aligning the top of the spine. Next we’ll work on the TMJ itself — both sides of the jaw gets adjusted. Finally, we’ll have you consult with our Acupuncturist to see if further help can be provided.
Acupuncture is also a great help for people suffering from TMJ. It helps alleviate pressure around the face, jaw bone, and neck area. It helps with muscle relaxation and reduce muscle spasms (if muscular in origin). It helps the “clicking” minimize by relaxing the lateral pterygoid muscles, reducing the anterior displacing force of the meniscus of the TMJ.