Since trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Harrisburg patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation now and schedule an appointment to come into our Harrisburg location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!