As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather 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 medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Sweeney Chiropractic today and make an appointment to come into our Nashville practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!