As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Salem, OR patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Robertson will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were examined prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar results. The authors 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 triggers 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 stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Robertson today and make an appointment to come into our Salem, OR location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!