TMJ adjusting

21 Jan
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Chiropractors are able to adjust many joints in the body, including the TMJ or jaw. Some patients wait for a jaw injury to occur, or a TMD, before seeking help. Other times Chiropractors notice improper jaw functioning and reflexes while testing the body as a whole.

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular disorders is a name given to jaw problems.

These problems can present in many different ways. In my Mississauga practice I have seen the jaw create:
-tooth pain
-eye pain
-sinus pain
tinnitus or ringing in the ear
vertigo
-neck pain
-offset biting and chewing
-biting the cheek or lips when eating
-clicking
-jaw stuck
-improper jaw tracking
headaches

These TMDs can occur like any injuries. There is usually a physical injury at one point in a patient’s life, but then the injury can recur very easily through life habits and stresses. The jaw is directly susceptible to stress as we often grind our teeth when under stress, even subconsciously.

Dentists will often notice that the patient is grinding their teeth because their teeth are wearing out. If this is the case, they often prescribe a mouth guard to assist. This does address the teeth grinding each other, but often times the jaw can still be irritated by the clenching.

What is the TMJ?

TMJ refers to the jaw joint or temporomandibular joint.

Do Chiropractors adjust the jaw?

Chiropractors do adjust the jaw.

How do Chiropractors adjust the jaw?

There are many ways to adjust the jaw and help a person who is suffering with jaw problems.

Dr. Callum Peever is advanced proficient in using the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique, which can directly and indirectly adjust the jaw to assist.

Dr. Ken Peever uses his hands to mobilize and adjust the jaw.

Where can I read more about adjusting the TMJ?

Here are some research papers to explore more about Chiropractic and adjusting the jaw:

Chiropractic Treatment of Temporomandibular Dysfunction: A Retrospective Case Series

Chiropractic treatment of temporomandibular disorders using the activator adjusting instrument: a prospective case series

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