Treating Jaw Pain with Chiropractic Therapy

The jaw muscles are constantly active since we use them to bite, chew, swallow, talk, and more. The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull and many jaw muscles also attach into the neck. Unfortunately, it can also be a common source of pain and can lead to TMJ dysfunction.

Man experiencing tmj disorder related jaw pain

Potential Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

  • Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
  • Bite issues
  • Locking, clicking, or popping of the jaw
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain

Chiropractic Treatments for TMJ Dysfunction

In order to help restore proper TMJ motion, chiropractic therapy aids in balancing the jaw muscles while reducing pressure on the joint and disc. This form of treatment also involves learning the proper movement patterns of your jaws which are further reinforced by exercises practiced in the office and used at home.

Dr. Joseph Merckling has lectured dentists, oral surgeons, and other chiropractors on the non-surgical chiropractic treatments of TMJ dysfunction and is well versed in this form of therapy. Contact our office today so we can help determine if this is the right treatment for you.

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