As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is usually rather painful, we do our best to help our Livermore patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Haque Chiropractic Inc. will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease soreness in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. People were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. They reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Haque Chiropractic Inc. now and make an appointment to come into our Livermore office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!