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How Can Chiropractic Help TMJD?

A woman holding an ice pack to her jaw | Chiropractic Ann Arbor

Do you have jaw pain? 

Does your jaw sometimes lock or make chewing uncomfortable? 

You may have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD). TMJD affects the temporomandibular joints located on each side of your jaw and the muscles that move them. These joints connect the jawbone to the skull and allow you to open and close your mouth.

What Causes TMJD?

The joint where the jawbone and skull connect is covered with cartilage and the bones are separated by a small disc, like the discs between your vertebrae. TMJD can occur if the disc wears down or moves out of alignment. TMJD can also be caused by arthritis and trauma to the joint. While the cause of TMJD is different for everyone, if you grind your teeth, clench your jaw, or have family members with TMJD, you may have a higher chance of experiencing it yourself.

Symptoms of TMJD can include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Aching pain around the ear
  • Pain or difficulty talking, yawning, or chewing
  • Joint locking
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Facial swelling
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness

How to Treat TMJD – Chiropractic in Ann Arbor

Chiropractic care can help determine if the joint, surrounding muscles, or an imbalance in the spine is what’s causing your TMJD pain. From there, Dr. Bill can make the necessary adjustments to relieve the pain and get your jaw moving correctly again. 

Laser therapy may also help! Dr. Bill has found that chiropractic care combined with healing laser therapy can relieve TMJD pain and restore mobility by speeding up the healing process and reducing inflammation. 

If you’re tired of TMJD interrupting your daily life, the first step is searching for chiropractic in Ann Arbor.

At Thatcher Chiropractic and Laser, we respect your time. That’s why our paperwork and wait times are kept as short as possible.

You don’t have to live in pain! To schedule an appointment, fill out our contact form or call 734-663-2300. We also take walk in and same day appointments!