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TMJ Disorders—What Are They, and How Are They Related to the Neck?

Facial Pain, Headache,Headache Relief,Headaches, Jaw Ache,Jaw Pain, Migraine,Migraine Relief,Migraines,TMJ, TMJ ReliefTMJ disorders are a group of painful conditions related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Research shows that as many as 10 million people in the US suffer from this painful condition. More women than men suffer from TMJ disorders which has led researchers to postulate that this may have something to do with female hormones.

TMJ Symptoms

Symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:

  • Pain in the jaw, neck, or face that radiates
  • Stiff jaw
  • Jaw locks or movement is limited
  • When the mouth is opened or closed, a clicking sounded is made—can be accompanied by pain
  • The top and bottom teeth don’t fit the same way with each other

Treatment for TMJ Disorders

Many try to deal with TMJ disorders at home, especially if the clicking is not accompanied by pain. Some change their diet to eat softer foods or may apply ice to the jaw if pain does arise. Stretching exercises can help the jaw to open wider. Opening the jaw extremely wide to eat, yell, or otherwise, should be avoided if at all possible. Some may turn to over-the-counter painkillers to deal with the condition.

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Why See an Upper Cervical Chiropractor?

A doctor may prescribe pain medication to relieve the discomfort temporarily. Sometimes medications provided for TMJ are being prescribed for an off-label use such as anti-depressants.

Upper Cervical Care

Upper cervical chiropractic may be able to help provide natural relief. How is the neck connected to the jaw? One way is because a misaligned C1 can cause neck and face muscles to tighten and pull in an attempt to correct the misalignment. This can result in face pain and jaw pain such as experienced by those with TMJ disorders. This also explains why neck pain is a common symptom of TMJ conditions.

At Natural Way Chiropractic, we use the Blair technique to discover and correct C1 misalignments. Following such a gentle adjustment, the muscles can go back to their normal unstressed state. This, in turn, may provide relief for face and jaw pain.

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