Since injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often very painful, we do our best to help our Anchorage patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Mulholland Chiropractic Center, LLC will tell you that the research shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease pain in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The group 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors 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 Mulholland Chiropractic Center, LLC today and make an appointment to come into our Anchorage office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!