As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Anchorage patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Matthisen will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were evaluated prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. The group 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 triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Matthisen today and make an appointment to come into our Anchorage location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!