Jaw health is essential to our well-being, but it is often overlooked.
An imbalance in the jaw joint, TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint, can cause neck and back problems, including headaches and migraines, tinnitus, and a floating sensation. It can also affect the quality of your sleep and even lead to more serious problems like TMJ inflammation.
The chiropractic treatment is global and holistic, chiropractors are interested in the disorders of the jaw, because they can be the cause of ascending or descending symptoms.
Correcting TMJ tension and imbalances can improve your posture and resolve chronic back pain. We will help you understand how misalignment of the dental bite affects the rest of your body so you can take steps to improve your overall health.
Jaw pain and cracking: how can chiropractic help?
The jaw is the most powerful joint in the human body and extremely complex. In order to allow us to chew all kinds of food, it has been designed so that we can open and close our mouths with ease, no matter which hemisphere of our brain says it is best suited for that particular task!
However, when you use only one side of the mouth to chew or speak, over time, this leads to muscle balance problems as well as wear and tear on both sides until they are eventually injured if not treated properly.
A complex articulation.
The jaw is a small, complex joint with powerful muscles that crush our food and allow us to speak. The problem can usually be caused by impact, injury, infection or misuse.
Pain usually comes from an imbalance due in part to muscle tension and can therefore have a direct impact on your ability to chew, which can lead to pain or cracking and have consequences on the jaw and its positioning.
"Chiropractic care in no way cures mouth infections, but it can help relieve jaw pain and cracking."
- In the case of "trismus" (a rare condition where the muscles contract involuntarily) or if there appears to be something other than simple stress-related anxiety, consult your dentist first before making an appointment with your chiropractor.
The role of chiropractic
The goal of a chiropractic treatment is to restore the optimal function of the joints of the jaw, skull and neck. With chiropractic adjustments we eliminate joint disorders while stretching the muscles. With postural work on the muscle chains from the pelvis to the skull, we bring our patients to a better posture and a better general balance.
Sore jaw, stiff neck, headaches?
We now know that chiropractic adjustments can relieve back pain and improve joint function. But did you know that adjusting the joints in the head can also help with problems like migraines and TMJ?
When your jaw is misaligned, it puts pressure on other parts of your body. This causes stress in places like your lower back or neck, which can lead to pain. Chiropractic care helps restore proper alignment, so that you no longer have to suffer from pain caused by misalignment!