(temporomandibular joint) disorders are routinely addressed in
our charlotte chiropractic clinic. Tmj is a disorder in which
the joint where the jaw attaches to the skull is not moving properly. View
the video below for a demonstration.
There a re various symptoms
that can be associated with TMJ disorder. These can be pain in the ear, headaches
and neck pain. A clicking or popping noise may also be associated
with the opening of the mouth. Many people with TMJ are not
able to open fully open their mouths. This can have an effect
on eating, chewing and talking.
Often the jaw does not
open evenly. The
jaw may move more to one side than the other when the person opens
and closes their mouth . These symptoms can lead to more
serious problems later on if not treated properly. Early
detection allows a variety of treatments to be possible.
In our charlotte chiropractic
clinic, we have found tmj to be caused by several issues. There may be imbalance
of the jaw muscles. This can cause the jaw to “track
improperly and misalign. An injury such as a car accident
causing sudden movement can also trigger TMJ disorder. In
charlotte, nc there are a number of motor vehicle accidents as
in all major cities so we do notice this to be a major contributor
to tmj disorder in charlotte.
Stress can be another
cause. This causes
bruxism or grinding of the teeth. You may wake up with stiff
neck muscle from clenching your teeth all night. Dental work
can also result in TMJ disorder. The necessary force to
pull a tooth embedded in the lower jaw can misalign the jaw.
Braces can change the
bite line (where teeth meet) which can change how the jaw moves. Most of the muscles
of the jaw are designed for chewing. That means that the
jaw has very weak muscles for opening. Keeping the jaw open
for long periods can also stress the jaw muscles. This is
in no way caused by the dentist. It is just the stress placed
on the joint can result in this. Have your jaw checked for
alignment and proper tracking.
Treatment for TMJ in our
charlotte chiropractic office depends on each individual case.
There may need to be treatment to rebalance the jaw muscles. The jaw itself may need to
be realigned. Adjustment of the jaw itself is often necessary
and is very gentle. Neck adjustments may also be indicated
since there are segments that are associated and connected to the
Sometimes a mouth piece
or nightguard is recommended at night. Supplements may also be to reduce the grinding
of teeth. Sources of stress may also be addressed. Since
all of our treatments are natural, you won’t have to worry
about steroid injections or surgery.