Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Massillon, OH patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Drs. Ken Haycock & Tim Vierheller will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much chiropractic can help ease soreness in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were examined prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another clinical study carried out an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and found similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Drs. Ken Haycock & Tim Vierheller now and schedule an appointment to come into our Massillon, OH office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!