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Some chronic pain conditions can make even the simplest, most essential functions all but impossible. In the case of temporomandibular joint disorder (commonly abbreviated as TMJ or TMD), those functions include chewing, talking, and laughing. Fortunately, there's a better way to treat your TMJ than through corrective surgery or repeated dosages of anti-inflammatory drugs. Here at Molloy Chiropractic Center, Inc., we can address the underlying biomechanical issues that are causing your symptoms, allowing your jaw to work normally and without pain.
It takes an extraordinary joint to lend the human jaw the sheer flexibility and range of motion it needs for everyday tasks. The joints in your jaw allow it to move forward, backward, up, down, and side to side. Each temporomandibular joint attaches the jawbone to one side of the skull. Powerful muscles and connective tissue operate the joint, while a small cartilaginous disc protects against friction. unfortunately, any number of abnormalities can interfere with normal TMJ alignment and function, including:
If you suffer from TMJ, you may be unable to open your mouth very wide. Motions that activate the joint may cause pain and stiffness one side or both sides, possibly accompanied by a grinding or popping noise. The condition can even cause shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness, and tinnitus.
If you're lucky, your dentist may be able to resolve your TMJ by correcting a bite misalignment or prescribing a night guard to discourage bruxism. But these treatments won't necessarily fix all TMJ issues -- and jaw surgery is a risky last-resort. Our Vernon Hills chiropractor can examine the alignment of each joint to determine whether chiropractic adjustment can restore normal, pain-free motion. We can also administer massage therapy to relax tight muscles and recommend gentle exercises or lifestyle changes to help you keep those tissues loose. If your problem involves both joint misalignment and bite misalignment, we will be happy to work with your dentist on collaborative treatment solutions.
If you're ready to get your TMJ under control so you can go back to enjoying everyday life as you once did, it's time to pay a visit to Molloy Chiropractic Center, Inc. Call 847-367-7070 to schedule a consultation, evaluation, and all-natural treatment at our Vernon Hills office.
We're ready to serve as your family's non-surgical TMJ tamers!