Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Oakleigh patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, North Road Chiropractic will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 patients with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call North Road Chiropractic now and schedule an appointment to come into our Oakleigh location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!