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Jaw Pain and TMJ Treatment, Richmond
Understanding Jaw Pain and TMJ Treatment
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints which allow us to talk, chew and yawn. They are formed by the mandible or jaw bone, joining with the temporal bone of the skull, just below and in front of your ear. The position and movement of these joints are controlled by muscles that surround the joints, enabling you to move your jaw up and down, side to side, forward and back.
TMJ or TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder, is a term given to a group of symptoms that occur when the jaw joints and associated muscles are disrupted. TMJ affects about 20 to 30% of the adult population, occurring more commonly in women and those between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. It often refers to the pain and dysfunction of the jaw muscles, adversely affecting one’s regular day-to-day activities.
Common symptoms of jaw pain or TMJ
Besides pain or tenderness of the jaw, here are some of the symptoms that might indicate a need for jaw pain and TMJ treatment. Please note that the following list may not include every symptom a TMJ patient may experience:
- Pain in one or both of your temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around your ear
- Difficulty chewing or experiencing pain while chewing
- Restricted jaw movement
- Chronic headaches
- Sleep disorders
- Neck ache and back pain
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
- A clicking noise while yawning or chewing, accompanied by pain or limitation of movement
Depending on your symptoms, our chiropractic TMJ treatment specialists will work closely with you to provide treatments and exercises to help improve the motion of your TMJ joint. This in turn causes related symptoms such as ear pain, jaw locking, headaches, and neck pain to be reduced.
What is the cause of Jaw Pain and TMJ?
If you are experiencing pain in the TMJ, it can have many causes, including but not limited to:
- Trauma to the surrounding muscles of the TMJ from an incident (e.g. sporting injury, physical incident, car accident etc.)
- Misaligned bite from mis-positioning of jaw, uneven teeth or incorrect bite
- Stresses on other areas of skeletal system (e.g. neck and lower back)
- Arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions
- Daytime clenching of the jaw and grind of teeth while asleep at night
The foundation of the issue is usually a combination of many different causes, which are interacting and straining each other, all of which are playing a role in contributing to the muscle tightness and dysfunction. As it is difficult to identify the real cause of the problem, our team of TMJ specialists at Adaptive Chiropractic encourage a holistic approach as we feel that it is the most effective treatment to relive these muscles around the joints.
What’s involved in your Jaw Pain and TMJ Treatment in Adaptive Chiropractic Richmond?
Here at Adaptive Chiropractic, we take a holistic approach to treating jaw pain and TMJ. Our TMJ specialists focus on providing safe yet powerful chiropractic techniques, for fast and effective pain relief of the muscles around the TMJ joints. We work hard to be among the best chiropractors in the Richmond area, and are proud of our expertise and high standard of treatment.
During the first consultation, our TMJ treatment specialists would conduct a comprehensive and dynamic diagnosis to find out if the symptoms you are experiencing are a jaw problem or if they are coming from another body part. With the correct assessment, we are able to tailor the jaw pain and TMJ treatment recommended for you, whilst also supporting you to reach and maintain optimal health.
Our chiropractic treatment of the TMJ joint focuses on relieving tension in the muscles around the joints, using trigger point therapy to alleviate the jaw pain associated with TMJ. However, if the cause is misalignment in your neck and upper back, our TMJ specialist will perform chiropractic adjustments on your spinal joints around these problematic areas as part of your TMJ treatment. We also use cranial therapy to help alleviate tension in the skull to further improve painful TMJ associated symptoms.
Our founder at Adaptive Chiropractic, Dr Clarence Ho, is passionate about wellbeing and preventative care. In addition to specialising in jaw pain and TMJ treatments in Richmond, pinched nerve and sciatica treatment, spine related treatments, back pain, neck pain, posture correction, he also assists patients with stress management and migraines. He treats a wide range of people, from all walks of life and of all ages, from infants to senior adults and elite athletes.
Easy access and quality care in our Richmond clinic
Located behind Richmond’s Epworth Hospital, Adaptive Chiropractic provides outstanding jaw pain and TMJ treatment in a warm and inviting practice. With our convenient location, we are able to serve clients coming in from Melbourne, particularly Richmond. We believe in providing a fun and safe working environment, not just for our patients but also for our practitioners.
Our founders have lived and/or worked in Richmond for over 10 years and are uniquely positioned to understand and serve the health and wellbeing needs of the local community. Our TMJ treatment specialists care more because they are looked after well, and this in turn allows them to focus on their patients.
Experiencing jaw pain and other TMJ related symptoms? Contact us for more information, or make an appointment to see our chiropractor today.