TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, pain occurs on either side of the face near the jaws and ear. The pain can cause headaches and affect the way your teeth bite together. Other problems include a jaw that locks when you open your mouth or a “popping” sound. Usually, people visit their dentist for TMJ treatment. You can also visit a chiropractor for help with TMJ pain, especially if you also suffer from back pain and neck pain.
Causes of TMJ addressed by Chiropractic
TMJ pain and problems can occur if you suffer a trauma or blow. Other causes include poor posture or thrusting your head forward. Many people associate TMJ pain as a condition that is dental-related, but often times it is everyday practices such as slouching while watching television or in the car during long commutes to work that can be contributing factors. Secrest Family Chiropractic, PC, in Scottsdale, Arizona, can analyze the cause of your pain and come up with a method of treatment that is non-invasive.
There are several options for dealing with TMJ. Scottsdale TMJ relief includes massage and realignment of the body. Trigger point massage, which focuses on knots that form in the muscles, resulting in pain, is one way your chiropractor can help alleviate pain caused by TMJ. The same procedure can help treat any neck or back pain you may suffer from, too. Massage may provide speedy relief from the pain you’re experiencing. Some patients see improvement after only four sessions. One other chiropractic adjustment that has been effective for TMJ patients is the Koren Specific Technique (KST). Dr. Daniel Secrest, DC has been the first chiropractor in the Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa areas to use this technique on patients. KST is an advanced chiropractic technique and involves a three part process that is comfortable, yet very powerful. During the adjustment, the chiropractor will ask you to move your body into positions that cause the pain, such as opening your mouth or clenching your jaw. A small adjustment to your cranial bones, jaw and spine can make a major change in the way your TMJ functions. Results are frequently immediate or within 3-5 sessions.
Dr. Secrest not only implements the KST technique in his own practice, but also is able to educate and guide other doctors across the country about this chiropractic application as a benefit to patients. He stands ready to help you overcome your own TMJ problems and awaits your call for an appointment.
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