TMJ Treatment with Chiropractic Care
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the medical term for a joint that acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders stand for conditions that occur with these joints that normally lead to pain when the joint is in use. Initial treatment for a TMJ disorder often takes a medicinal approach with most doctors relying on medication to treat the pain. If this method is unsuccessful, dental implants and surgery are usually the next most common method to relieve pain. However, these are often temporary and can carry their own risks and side effects with them. For those with TMJ symptoms, chiropractic care can be a reliable treatment option. Unfortunately, far too many people don’t know that chiropractic care can help them if they have TMJ disorders. We here at Back Pain Institute of Odessa Texas offer a range of chiropractic services that can help treat issues with TMJ.
How Can Chiropractic Help With TMJ?
Chiropractic care can be a powerful way to go about reducing the pain associated with TMJ disorders, and sooth damaged nerves and strengthen muscles and tendons in the jaw. Chiropractor intervention will not only relieve pain immediately, much like medication will, but it will also work for long time relief, unlike medication-based treatments. Chiropractic treatment of TMJ disorders puts the bulk of the focus and emphasis on releasing tension in the muscles and the joints so that the jaw can move freely and without pain, stiffness, and discomfort. A chiropractor will focus on treating trigger points and reducing the number and severity of flare ups.
What Exactly is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is the term used to describe a very sensitive area on the body that is made of muscle fibers and nerve endings. Trigger points will often feel like knots when they are rubbed and may cause pain and twinging when they are pushed or manipulated. A chiropractor can manipulate trigger points in such a way to alleviate the pain associated with them. The muscles will relax so the nerves are less sensitive and painful and so tightness in the joints are not as extreme.
Contact Back Pain Institute of Odessa Texas
If you are in Odessa or the surrounding area and are suffering from TMJ disorders and the pain and discomfort associated with this condition, come see us at Back Pain Institute. Make your appointment today and see why so many people trust us for all of their chiropractic needs.