Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Help TMJ or TMD? 

TMJ is a common health condition.  It is usually associated with other health conditions such as ringing in the ears, vertigo, neck, and shoulder pain. When TMJ is severe enough it can be debilitating to the individual who suffers. When TMJ is at its worst,  simple daily tasks such as eating become a chore.  If it is severe enough some individuals have to go on a liquid diet. While many conventional therapies give relief, this article will delve into the underlying causes of TMJ.  

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We will also discuss an innovative little-known procedure that has helped thousands of TMJ sufferers recover. TMJ is a condition in which the mastication muscles become imbalanced in their tone, which pulls the jaw and subsequently the TMJ joint out of its normal position. Over time the abnormal joint position causes stresses and strains that affect the disc in the joint, the proprioceptors, and ultimately produces symptoms of jaw pain, vertigo, cracking, and teeth malposition. 

Many avenues of treatment exist for TMJ sufferers.  Dentists give splints, medical doctors give painkillers and muscle relaxers while massage therapists aim to reduce muscle spasms. While many of these offer relief none address the underlying abnormal neurophysiology that starts TMJ in the first place. Upper Cervical Care views TMJ through an unconventional lens. The muscles of the jaw are controlled by the 5th cranial nerve. When an individual has a car accident or other trauma it dislodges the top vertebra in the neck,  causing neurological insult. 

Muscle tone imbalances ensue, which affects the normal joint position. One of those joints is the TMJ. Over time the muscle imbalances cause the TMJ to malfunction and if left unchecked, can cause the symptoms commonly associated with TMJ. See what some patients are saying about 

The Upper Cervical Approach Determines Several Things: 

  1. Does the person have an upper neck misalignment causing interference to the central nervous system? 
  2. Which vertebra is involved? 
  3. A set of x-rays are used to view each individual joint of the neck to determine misalignment direction, joint angle, and magnitude. 
  4. A precise gentle correction is made to correct the misaligned joints to restore normal nervous system function. 

We have a motto in Upper Cervical Care that says, “Nature needs no help just no interference.” While Upper Cervical is not a cure-all, its procedures are based on science. Its application is used to allow the nervous system to express itself normally. 

When interference is removed the body will migrate back toward normal function. If you suffer from TMJ and have tried all of the mainstream treatments and still are suffering, you may find that it isn't just in your head but just below it. The junction between your head and your first cervical vertebra is what runs your entire body. Give Upper Cervical Care a chance. You will be glad you did.

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