Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently very painful, we do our best to help our Saint Paul patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Slater 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 TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were examined prior to these methods and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Slater today and make an appointment to come into our Saint Paul office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!