Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Kettering patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Poelking will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were examined prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with TMJ 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, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Poelking today and make an appointment to come into our Kettering practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!