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Posted on 04-04-2017

Are you experiencing TMJ symptoms, grinding,  and clenching teeth?

Are you missing out on career goals due to pain?  Are you feeling more stressed due to pain?  The importance of achieving goals can truly add an extreme amount of stress on the body, leading to an increased level of pain.  Stress can lead to grinding your teeth or even clenching your teeth also called bruxism.

Please raise your hand if you have or currently are experiencing jaw pain, jaw popping, tension in your neck.  Really, is that you?   Keeping the above symptoms in mind, do you ever experience headaches, too?  It is quite common to experience headaches, when there is a TMJ complaint.  Often times, a person with TMJ the pain can be so extreme that the headache isn’t even noticeable.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is a term used for acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint.  The temporomandibular joint connects the mandible to the skull.   TMJ disorder can be caused by many things such as:  an injury to the head or neck, bruxism (teeth grinding), teeth clenching, degenerative joint diseases. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

There is a multiple range of symptoms for TMJ!  Some of the biggest symptoms of TMJ are earache, difficulty chewing, headaches, jaw pain, jaw popping, neck pain due to the muscles tightening, anterior head carriage and lock jaw.  Keep in mind stress, jaw pain, clenching of teeth, tight muscles can also lead to headaches. 

Many people may only notice 1 or 2 of the symptoms of TMJ, not because they are not experiencing the other symptoms but the signs are significantly less than the main complaints. 

Can TMJ affect my everyday life?

TMJ symptoms can affect different parts of the body dominantly in the head and neck region.  TMJ symptoms can have you running to many doctor appointments  and expressing some symptoms such as an earache, neck pain, headaches, etc.  A person may miss work while running to appointments, end up taking medications that are not necessary for what the real issue is.  Many people with typical TMJ symptoms may miss work or evening plans with friends and family due to the level of pain they are experiencing.  If one of the symptoms is that the jaw locks up now and then, a person may avoid opening his/her mouth wide like to take a bite of an apple.  Imagine missing out on life events or partaking of certain favorite foods all do to pain that you could eliminate.

Relief through Chiropractic Care

For you, does it feel like your TMJ pain has been there all your life or should we say FOREVER!  How does having your atlas adjusted relieve the TMJ pain?  When there is a misaligned atlas vertebrae, it can create pain in the jaw region due to the tight and tense muscles.  If the misalignment is there for longer periods of time, the pain can get worse and create more symptoms. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to treat both the symptoms and the underlying causes.  NUCCA Chiropractic care can help these symptoms relating to jaw pain and stiffness in the neck.  Keep in mind, chiropractic targets the cause of the pain, and helps in regulating the nerves that affect the jaw.  After the Atlas spinal adjustment is performed it allows the body to improve communication through the nervous system. Once the healing begins, pain is typically lessened.  Do realize the misalignment didn’t just happen, it may have been going on for years.  The misalignment of the atlas has been there for a while, not just when the pain started.  Body imbalance is a sign of atlas misalignment but doesn’t mean the person is experiencing pain.

 If you would like help with TMJ pain, please call to schedule a new patient appointment and see if you are a candidate for care at (702) 433-8333.

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