TMJ Treatment at Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic of Nashua, NH
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems are distressingly common — and commonly distressing. Jaw pain, neck pain, facial pain and shoulder pain are just a few of the symptoms associated with a misalignment of this delicate joint. But even if your dentist prescribes treatment to address the problem, underlying alignment issues in the cervical spine may prevent you from experiencing full relief. That’s why you need to to consult a chiropractor for this particular health problem — and why our chiropractor Dr. Jerrilyn Sullivan offers TMJ care here at Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic.
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorder, variously abbreviated as TMJ, TMD and TMJD, afflicts different people for different reasons. the uniquely mobile “sliding hinge” joint that allows you to move your lower jaw in such a variety of ways is prone to inflammation, injury and even osteoarthritis (when the tiny disc of cartilage cushioning the bone ends starts to wear thin). You might develop TMJ if you live with chronic muscle stress and/or clench your teeth in your sleep, or might develop a sudden case of it following a sports injury or other impact to the jaw. Whatever the cause, the symptoms are wide-ranging and unpleasant, including:
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- A “clicking” or “popping” jaw joint
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Facial pain and/or headaches
- Dental pain which may mimic a toothache
- Ear pain or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Your dentist may be able to provide you with numerous treatment options for your TMJ, such as night guards to correct bite misalignments or prevent jaw clenching. But a misalignment in the cervical spine that throws the head off balance in relation to the neck can promote ongoing muscle tension in the neck and jaw — and this may counterbalance any attempts by your dentist to relieve your symptoms.
This is where our chiropractor at Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic can step in provide critical co-management of your TMJ in cooperation with your dental practitioner. We can administer small, precise adjustments to the cervical spine using a variety of sophisticated chiropractic techniques. These may include motion palpation to evaluate your cervical range of motion and the use of Impulse IQ and Activator instruments to deliver just the right degree of force to specific spots.
Once we’ve got your neck and head back in their proper alignment, your muscles can relax, allowing other TMJ treatments to make their maximum effect on your health and well being. We may also prescribe massage therapy to further loosen muscle groups and improve circulation to your neck and jaw.
Lasting TMJ Relief for Brookline, Nashua, Hollis and Pepperell, NH
Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic is proud to offer TMJ treatment for Brookline, Nashua, Hollis and Pepperell, NH residents. If you’ve had all the TMJ pain you can stand, call 603-882-5742 today for an appointment. Our natural methods can help you kick TMJ to the curb!