As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our North St. Louis, MO patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Holland will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes 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 Dr. Holland now and make an appointment to come into our North St. Louis, MO office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!