Does it hurt to laugh, chew, or even open your mouth right now? You may be one of the many individuals suffering from a problem known as TMJ or TMD. This abnormality of the temporomandibular joint interferes with normal jaw motion, causing pain and other unpleasant symptoms that can severely limit your everyday life. If even your dentist is having trouble resolving your discomfort, come to Churn Creek Chiropractic for natural, non-surgical relief.

The Painful World of TMJ

The temporomandibular joint is something of a mechanical marvel. This joint, which joins the ends of the jawbone to the skull, can move in an astonishing number of directions — backward, forward, up, down, and side-to-side. Without this range of motion, you wouldn’t be able to chew, talk, or open and close your mouth normally. In temporomandibular joint disorder, that’s exactly the problem. Displacement and/or inflammation of this joint can cause symptoms such as:

  • Jaw, shoulder, neck, tooth, or facial pain
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Popping or clicking noises when you move your jaw
  • Facial swelling, tics or spasms
  • Limited jaw motion

Tinnitus can stem from a variety of causes. Injuries ranging from whiplash to a blow to the jaw can push the joint out of position. A long-term misalignment may eventually cause the cartilage within the joint to break down, producing arthritis. Many cases of TMJ are related to a misaligned bite between the upper and lower teeth, although this may be a matter of jawbone misalignment instead of a tooth issue. Jaw misalignment and emotional stress can promote chronic tooth grinding (bruxism), resulting in TMJ pain.

Getting Help from Your Redding CA Chiropractor

If your dentist has had no luck relieving your TMJ through dental treatments such as night guards, you may worry that you’ll have to undergo risky surgery on the afflicted joint. But your Redding CA chiropractor at our clinic, Dr. Hutchings or Dr. Edwards, may be able to help you through conservative care. If the joint is out of alignment, gentle, precise chiropractic adjustments can guide it back into position.

If the problem is stress-related, we can recommend gentle stretching exercises and lifestyle adjustments to help you relax those tight jaw muscles and give yourself a break from debilitating TMJ symptoms. Your chiropractor can even work in collaboration with your dentist to provide you with a holistic, non-surgical TMJ management plan.

Contact our Redding Chiropractor Today

The results you get from TMJ treatment at our chiropractic clinic may be positively jaw-dropping — in more ways than one. Find out by calling (530) 221-4991 today and scheduling a consultation at Churn Creek Chiropractic!