Have you recently had a dental or orthodontic procedure? Does your jaw and click and lock? Does chewing food, speaking, or even smiling cause you pain and discomfort? Odds are you have an issue with your jaw!
More specifically, you might have an issue with your jaw joint—known as the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ).
The TMJ is a complex little joint, but extremely important. After all, if you are unable to move your jaw properly, eating, speaking, or even smiling can cause pain. It’s a complex joint because it acts like a sliding hinge, meaning that it’s basically two joints in one! And that means there’s just double the odds that issues can develop there (especially after a dental or orthodontic procedure).
What happens is that the TMJ becomes misaligned (subluxated), thus causing pain, discomfort, clicking, and even locking. The TMJ in reality is a very small joint, but even the tiniest of misalignments can make a terrible difference. Think of it like two gears grinding on each other–and the longer you allow those gears to grind, the worse it gets.
So… what can you do about it? Well, there are some temporary things you can try:
- Eat softer foods
- Minimizing speaking and smiling
- Jaw exercises
- Relaxation techniques
- Side sleeping (sleep on the unaffected side to reduce pain)
- Cross your fingers and hope it goes away
But you can’t stop eating, speaking, and smiling forever. So what can you do?
At Progressive Chiropractic in Gilbert AZ we can help you take control and get that jaw back where it’s supposed to be!
With gentle and specific Chiropractic adjustments the TMJ can be moved back into its proper place so that proper healing can begin. No more grinding of those gears!
Something a lot of people don’t think about with the TMJ are the muscles around the joint. When the joint is out place, the muscles around it shorten and tighten right along with it (some people even develop trigger points), making it all the more painful and difficult to treat. Dr. Weber loves to release those muscles to speed up the healing process (and of course reduce and even eliminate pain).