As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Great Falls patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Six will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease soreness in the jaw.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. People were examined prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar results. They 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 trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Six today and schedule an appointment to come into our Great Falls office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!