Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Holland will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease soreness in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were examined prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar results. The group 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 causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Holland today and schedule an appointment to come into our Downtown St. Louis, MO practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!