Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually rather painful, we do our best to help our Asheville patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Myers will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease issues associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Myers now and make an appointment to come into our Asheville practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!