Facial pain is very common throughout the United States. In fact, research has shown that more than 15 percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain, which includes jaw pain, headaches or earaches.
We’ve all experienced some form of facial pain, so we know how disruptive it can be during our daily activities. If you’re suffering from jaw, head or ear pain, you may have TMJ.
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, generally referred to as “TMJ,” are a collection of conditions and symptoms that typically create pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.
The temporomandibular is like a sliding hinge, which links your jawbone to your skull. Any disruption to this movement can cause TMJ pain and symptoms.
What Causes TMJ?
Because this combination of hinge and sliding motion is so complex, it is often difficult to pinpoint what exactly is causing pain. In some cases, trauma to the jaw or temporomandibular can cause TMJ disorders. Other aspects that can provoke TMJ symptoms are inability to relax, poor diet, poor posture and lack of sleep.
Since the condition is commonly seen more in women than men, researchers are exploring a possible link between female hormones and TMJ disorders.
What Are The Symptoms of TMJ?
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Trouble chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
- Clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew
Chiropractic Care can Help TMJ Disorders
Chiropractic care is an effective, natural way of reducing TMJ pain and symptoms. At Caron Chiropractic Clinic, we combine many holistic therapies including chiropractic manipulation, massage, heat/ice therapy, acupuncture and special exercises in order to achieve optimum health and well-being. By stretching and strengthening tight jaw muscles using various techniques, we can help get your TMJ symptoms under control so you can go back to enjoying life at its fullest.
If you have any questions, or if you think a loved one is suffering from TMJ, call Caron Chiropractic Clinic today at 651-255-9999 to schedule an appointment today or for more information.