As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Juneau, AK patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Messerschmidt will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were examined prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Messerschmidt now and make an appointment to come into our Juneau, AK location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!