TMJ / TMD

Shakopee TMJD Chiropractor

Man holding jaw in painDo you suffer from pain in your face or jaw joint area? Ever hear a popping or clicking sound when you chew and talk? Maybe you suffer from headaches or lockjaw? If you have any of these symptoms, you may suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) which are disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

The TMJ connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull and acts as shock absorbers for the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for the up, down, side to side and back n’ forth movement of your lower jaw. The same movements that allow you to talk, chew and yawn. Symptoms can be disguised as multiple other problems such as sinus headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder stiffness or even ear aches. When seeking care for TMJD in Shakopee, consult with your chiropractors at Sylvester Family Chiropractic.

Chiropractic Care for TMJD

By correcting the misalignment between your spine and nervous system chiropractic care can help alleviate pain in your TMJ. Chiropractic treatment of TMJD is focused on relieving muscle tension around the temporomandibular joint. This can be done through trigger point therapy where your chiropractor will locate your trigger points (feel like knots) and manipulate them to alleviate pain.

Exact causes of TMJD are often unknown. Jaw and joint injuries, as well as head and neck muscle injuries can often play a role in developing temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Improper posture can be another source of TMJ disorder. When there is misalignment in the neck and back this can cause stress on your jaw.

TMJD Therapies in Conjunction with Chiropractic Care:

  • Bite Plates
  • Jaw Exercises
  • Hot & Cold Compress
  • Relaxaation Techniques
  • Mouthguards

TMJ disorders can be complex. Chiropractic care for TMJD is often used in conjunction with other treatment/therapies for optimal results. Sylvester Family Chiropractic will take the time to understand the underlying issue and create a treatment plan to best fits the individuals needs.