As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Napa, CA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Bettencourt will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease ache in the TMJ.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. 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 triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Bettencourt now and make an appointment to come into our Napa, CA practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!