The TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint, is the joint where the upper and lower jaws meet. It is among the most complicated joints in the body because it both slides and acts as a hinge. Problems with the TMJ can be extremely painful. They can either arise because of an issue with the joint itself, or with the many muscles around the jaw and face that are used for chewing and talking. Problems with the TMJ can be connected with other symptoms, such as:
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Locking or clicking of the jaw
- Neck pain
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Care Options for TMJ Disorders
Most treatment options for people who are experiencing TMJ issues are concerned with easing symptoms. Oftentimes, it is recommended that people experiencing jaw problems eat soft foods, ice the joint, and avoid excessive jaw movements (such as chewing gum). While this may be good advice, these solutions do not address the underlying cause of the problem.
At Read Health Center, we focus on identifying the root cause of TMJ disorders, as well as some of the associated symptoms mentioned above. Many times, the root of these issues is the same and can be found in a very specific spinal misalignment. When the atlas (C1) vertebra becomes misaligned, it can create unequal tension in the muscles around the jaw joint. Unequal muscle tension can cause the jaw to move and function improperly, leading to pain, popping, clicking and more. Through a complete upper cervical chiropractic analysis, we are able to determine if an atlas misalignment is a factor in your TMJ disorder. If it is, then gentle, precise adjustments are applied in order to restore normal alignment. As a result, TMJ pain, migraines, neck pain, and other associated symptoms may be greatly reduced, or even resolved completely.
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