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At our San Antonio Chiropractic office, we focus on treating aches and pains that have a musculoskeletal component. If you experience jaw pain, tight muscles in the neck, head, and jaw region can be causing you pain and tension. Bone misalignments can worsen your TMJ. Find out how we can help.
Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ for short refers to a problem with the hinge that connects your two jaws, upper and lower. While there are many lifestyle changes you can make to reduce jaw pain, such as learning to relax your jaw and stopping bad habits like teeth grinding, chiropractic can help relieve the pain and inflammation you experience.
The most common symptoms of TMJ is jaw pain. Some people will also experience pain in the face or ear regions. Frequent earaches and headaches also occur. Your face can become swollen and the muscles of the jaw will often feel tender.
When someone with TMJ opens or closes their jaw, there is often a popping or clicking sound. The jaw can also slide out of place, or get stuck in a position. There is a lot of discomfort associated with TMJ.
Conventional treatment often focuses on retraining the jaw muscles and avoiding pain by changing the diet. Our chiropractor believes you should be able to eat what you want; thus, our treatment focuses on relaxing muscle tension and realigning the joints of the jaw so they work properly.
Our San Antonio chiropractor offers natural pain relief treatments including:
When you come to us complaining of TMJ pain, we will examine your spine, bones, and jaw alignment. Our goal is to figure out what's contributing to your TMJ, for full healing.
Our chiropractor may start by loosening jaw tension with cold laser. This non-invasive therapy allows us to release fascia, reduce inflammation, and start getting your pain under control. Tense muscles make TMJ pain worse, so this will help you feel better right away.
Next, our chiropractor will realign the jaw bones and joints so your jaw moves smoothly. You'll be able to open and close your mouth fully with no pain at this phase.
Finally, we will make chiropractic adjustments to the neck, shoulders, and spine. If your neck muscles are tight or your spine is misaligned, it can place the jaw under pressure and cause the jaw bones to shift.
Depending on the severity of your jaw pain, and the factors contributing to your TMJ, it will take several treatments to get your pain under control. However, our chiropractor will steadily reduce your pain from the first appointment on.
Stop living with jaw pain and find relief naturally. To schedule your first chiropractic appointment, please call us at (210) 545-1144 or complete the appointment form on our website.
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Had me walking straight again in just a couple visits. Great staff. Will continue to use them for my care.