Temporomandibular Jaw (TMJ) Syndrome Has Many Causes and Symptoms

TMJWhen the structure of the lower jaw is not correctly aligned with the skull, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome can result. The misalignment may be caused by spinal or skull subluxations, accident, trauma, postural problems, ill-fitting dental work or even poor nutrition.

Symptoms of TMJ Syndrome:

If you find it difficult to open your mouth wide, notice a clicking sound when you open or close your mouth, or sometimes feel your jaw is locked, you may have TMJ syndrome.

Other symptoms may include headache, hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Some people experience a feeling of fullness in the throat, facial swelling. Shoulder, neck, cheek, dental or jaw pain and/or facial nerve, ear or eye pain are common. Patients may also experience nausea, blurred vision or dizziness.

When you have TMJ Syndrome, you just want it to stop.

Complications of TMJ Syndrome may include:

Left untreated, TMJ Syndrome may lead to complications including vertigo, throat and/or ear infections, sinus congestion, asthma, and heart, stomach, intestinal, respiratory or emotional disorders

Typical Treatments

Conventional solutions may include restorative dentistry, mouth guards, massage, soft diets and even surgery. Some of these options are extensive and expensive. Others are uncomfortable or difficult to maintain.

How Does Chiropractic Ease the Pain?

The Chiropractic approach uses gentle manipulations and adjustments to correct the misalignment and reduce pressure on affected nerves. It is a noninvasive, yet very effective treatment.

If you suffer from TMJ Syndrome, ask Dr. Van Amberg if chiropractic treatment could ease your symptoms and help you feel good again.