Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Nashville patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Sweeney Chiropractic will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort 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 area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Sweeney Chiropractic now and make an appointment to come into our Nashville practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!