Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Napa patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Bettencourt will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. The group 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 origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area 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 schedule an appointment to come into our Napa practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!