Are you suffering with an ongoing soreness in your jaw, in/around your ears or your neck? Perhaps you feel pain when biting or chewing food, or hear loud popping and clicking sounds whenever you open your mouth.
All of these issues are a symptom of TMD (temporomandibular disorder). You might also be experiencing headaches, tinnitus, dizziness or sensitive teeth.
Jaw pain often occurs when we have acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is the joint that connects the mandible (jawbone) to the skull. TMD is a common condition, usually caused by:
However, there are numerous other conditions related to the joints, muscles and facial nerves surrounding our jaws which can also cause pain and discomfort.
Whatever is causing the issue, jaw pain can be immensely debilitating. Thankfully, chiropractic treatment can help to alleviate jaw pain through manipulation of the bones and muscles in the affected area.
To treat TMD, our qualified and experienced chiropractors employ a number of techniques that target the masseter, temporalis, pterygoid and suboccipital muscles, as well as your jaw joint and the top of your vertebrae.
Our goal is to ensure everything is aligned the way it should be, before engaging in soft tissue work to alleviate the jaw pain, and finally TMJ chiropractic jaw adjustment.
This entails feeling for which side of the jaw joint is opening less, and which is opening last. Once we know which side of the joint needs attention first, we make a series of adjustments until the joint is realigned.
At SA Wellness Centre, we sometimes recommend combining your jaw pain treatment with dry needling to assist with stiffness and aid a faster recovery process. We’ll also walk you through a range of helpful at-home exercises that aim to relieve stiffness and soreness in the jaw.
The entire team at our state-of-the-art clinic in the South of Adelaide (within the shopping strip of O’Halloran Hill) is passionate about delivering drug and surgery free, hands-on based jaw pain treatment and management. You’ll receive a highly personalised management plan that also addresses the root cause of your jaw pain, for preventative treatment.