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Can a Chiropractor Alleviate TMD Symptoms?

If you're in pain each time you chew your food, we're here to help you find relief. Pain when chewing is a symptom of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), a condition affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the surrounding facial muscles.

TMD has a range of causes for which many treatments are available. One treatment might involve chiropractic. With physical manipulation of your jaw joint and muscles, a chiropractor might be able to help ease your TMD pain.

What Causes TMD?

TMD is a general term covering these disorders:

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, commonly known as TMJ
  • Facial pain around the jaw joint
  • Muscle problems affecting the joint's movement

Besides jaw pain and facial, neck, and shoulder pain – TMD causes problems with opening your mouth, headaches, and other symptoms.

Hormones, genetics, and behaviors can be TMD factors. TMD causes include:

  • Jaw injury
  • Improper alignment
  • Arthritis
  • Tension or stress, which might result in teeth grinding or clenching
  • Autoimmune diseases

Sometimes, though, the exact cause isn't known. Consequently, when dentists or dental specialists treat TMD, they may prescribe several approaches.

How Can a Chiropractor Help with TMJ or TMD?

Licensed chiropractors adjust bones, joints, and muscles to improve function and reduce pain in their patients. One option a TMJ chiropractor can provide is to make these adjustments to help ease TMD/TMJ symptoms, including pain:

  • Manipulate the jaw joint so it can move more easily
  • Relieve the muscle tension near the jaw

You might need to visit a TMJ chiropractor several times or even regularly to manage your TMD symptoms.

TMD Treatments

Besides chiropractic treatment for TMJ or any TMD, other treatments include:

  • Taking pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Eating soft foods
  • Reducing stress and tension
  • Wearing dental splints
  • Receiving physical therapy

Ask your dental professional who diagnosed your TMD if a TMJ chiropractic treatment is a good option for reducing your symptoms – either as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other treatments. The important thing is to ease your pain so you can enjoy eating and all of life's pleasures.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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