Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Tumwater patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Harrell will tell you that the studies shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. People were assessed prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar results. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms 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 factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Harrell now and schedule an appointment to come into our Tumwater practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!