Our Statesville Chiropractors Treat TMJ Pain
After decades of serving the community at Binder Chiropractic, our Statesville chiropractors, Drs. Steven Binder and Brad Mundorf have helped many patients find relief from jaw pain. Their natural services help men and women of all ages experience effective and lasting relief.
The TMJ Explained & Common Causes of Its Dysfunction
Your jaw bone connects to your skull at joints near your ears. Known as the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, they're comprised of bone, muscle, cartilage, disc, and other tissues. When working properly, the TMJ allows you to talk, sing, chew, and so on. Sometimes, however, due to a variety of factors, the TMJ can become dysfunctional. Reasons for TMJ pain and dysfunction include:
- Direct trauma to the head and jaw
- Prolonged and abnormal posture (especially forward head and rounded shoulders) putting increased strain on the TMJ
- Genetic factors, e.g., abnormal tooth alignment or cleft palate
- Excessive grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw (stress may be at play here)
In many cases, the exact cause of TMJ dysfunction is unknown.
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
No two people with TMJ dysfunction will experience the exact same type and severity of symptoms, however common ones (which can affect one or both temporomandibular joints) often include:
- Pain in the jaw, face, and neck
- Jaw stiffness and decreased or abnormal mobility
- The sound and/or feeling of clicking and popping in the jaw (the jaw may feel as if it's going to "pop" out of place)
- Malocclusion of the jaw (upper and lower teeth don't align together properly)
- Sensitive teeth or an earache (in the absence of a known dental problem or infection, respectively)
How Chiropractic Care Can Alleviate & Resolve TMJ Issues
When pills are hard to swallow (no pun intended), seeking chiropractic care for your TMJ dysfunction could be your solution. Here are a few things our chiropractor can do for you or your loved one with jaw pain:
- Digital X-ray services allow us to identify alignment abnormalities of your jaw, neck, and upper spine to drive treatment
- Gentle spinal adjustments help realign the cervical muscles and may relieve extraneous pressure on your jaw
- Physical rehabilitation exercises for muscles in the jaw, neck, and shoulders help maintain improved spinal alignment and promote tissue healing
- Postural screening and ergonomics training teaches the patient to be aware of potentially exacerbating positions and body mechanics
Are You Suffering from a Clicking, Popping, or Painful Jaw? Contact our Chiropractors in Statesville, NC
We encourage new patients with TMJ pain to contact Binder Chiropractic today by calling (704) 873-2831. Our chiropractors in Statesville, NC would be happy to serve you!