TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders refer to a range of conditions that affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Symptoms of TMJ disorders may include pain or tenderness in the jaw joint and muscles, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, popping, or clicking sounds when opening or closing the mouth, and headaches or earaches.
The causes of TMJ disorders can vary but may include teeth grinding, jaw clenching, injury to the jaw, arthritis, or stress.
Most people don’t realize that chiropractors are trained to evaluate the musculoskeletal system, which includes the temporomandibular joint (TMJ. Chiropractic treatment for TMJ disorders may involve a combination of techniques, including manual therapy, exercises, and education about self-care strategies. Manual therapy techniques may include gentle adjustments to the jaw and neck to improve joint function and reduce muscle tension. Soft tissue therapy, such as trigger point therapy and massage, may also be used to help reduce muscle tension. Treatment for TMJ disorders may also involve a combination of self-care measures, such as eating soft foods and avoiding extreme jaw movements, as well as physical therapy, medications, and in some cases, surgery.
Overall, chiropractic treatment can be a safe and effective option for managing TMJ disorders. Dr. Scott Evans is a board-certified chiropractor who loves helping people get to their peak state of health and wellness, working with patients to alleviate chronic pain and get back to living the life they deserve! He treats all types of pain, from pinched nerves to low back pain, in the Denver area. With over a decade of experience and extensive knowledge of the spine and related musculature, Dr. Evans looks forward to seeing you today!