Could TMJ disorder be the culprit behind your tired, achy jaws?
Anytime you open your mouth to take a big bite of food or to yawn, you notice that your jaws click. If you are someone dealing with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder this problem is all too common. This condition that affects how the jaw joints function, may impact as many as 10 million Americans, according to the NIH. If you’re dealing with TMJ disorder, our Broken Arrow, OK, chiropractors Dr. Doug Newcomb and Dr. Brent Newcomb at Newcomb Chiropractic Clinic offer safe, effective, and therapeutic treatment options.
What is TMJ disorder?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the two joints that connect the jawbone with the skull. They are responsible for your jaw’s movements, whether talking or chewing. When dysfunction sets in with one or both joints this is known as TMJ disorder. Everything from facial trauma to teeth grinding can lead to TMJ disorder.
What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ?
How do you know whether you’re dealing with TMJ disorder? Some warning signs include:
- A popping or clicking sensation when opening or closing your jaws
- Jaw pain
- Tired, achy jaws
- Morning headaches
- Trouble chewing
- Ringing in the ears
- Facial swelling
If you are living with TMJ disorder and you’re tired of dealing with pain, our Broken Arrow, OK, chiropractors are here to help.
How can a chiropractor treat TMJ disorder?
A chiropractor can treat all ailments and problems impacting the musculoskeletal system, including TMJ disorder. Through regular chiropractic adjustments of the face and neck to realign the jaw joints, we can improve TMJ disorder symptoms such as pain, achiness, swelling, and more. These adjustments will also improve how the jaws move and function, while also alleviating muscle tension in the face.
Other ways to ease TMJ symptoms include:
- Cutting food into bite-sized pieces
- Eating a soft diet
- Finding ways to manage your stress
- Using a dental splint to treat teeth grinding
- Taking pain relievers
- Applying ice to the face to reduce swelling and pain
If you are dealing with TMJ, our Broken Arrow, OK, chiropractors can offer treatment options and non-invasive therapy to improve your symptoms. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Doug Newcomb and Dr. Brent Newcomb, call Newcomb Chiropractic Clinic at 918-251-4239 today.