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Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)

WHAT IS TMJ?


 
TMJ or TMD is a generic and often ambiguous term to describe symptoms arising from the Temporalmandibular Joint. Symptoms of TMJ range from clicking/popping, grinding in the joint, inability to open fully, fatigue with chewing, or local pain in the ear, jaw or head. Typically the TMJ can originate from two main sources. 1. injury within the joint itself and the associated, ligaments and tendons. 2. injury outside the joint with associated muscles and joints that have a direct relationship to the function of the TMJ.
 

HOW DO YOU GET TMJ/TMD?


 
Many cases of TMJ occur from stress related to over active musculature surrounding the jaw. The most common sources of this stress is teeth grinding or bite misalignment. In other cases, TMJ can occur from a traumatic blow or strike to the jaw. Some studies suggest that women are more prone to having TMJ like symptoms then men.
 

CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO CARE


 
If symptoms of TMJ are from malocclusion (an imbalance in contact between your teeth when biting down) the symptoms may be treated with an oral orthodic. Basically an oral orthodic is like a brace in your mouth which helps align your lower jaw with your upper jaw. If TMJ is the result of grinding teeth with sleep, then a dentist may prescribe an oral night guard.
 
As with any medical treatment results vary. Success rates, outcomes and side affects should always be considered. Be informed of all treatment options and consult a second opinion if necessary.
 

HOW WE MAY HELP


 
At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to TMJ. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of TMJ 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of TMJ, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. A procedure that is used in the treatment of TMJ disorders is called Myofascial Release Technique (MRT). This treatment is used to help relax shortened overworked muscles that are irritating nerves. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.