TMJ Dysfunction and Upper Cervical Chiropractic
TMJ, also known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, is a common health condition. It is usually associated with other symptoms such as tinnitus, vertigo, neck and shoulder pain. When TMJ is severe enough it can be debilitating to the individual who suffers. Even simple daily tasks such as chewing and eating become nearly impossible.
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 stress, affecting the disc in the joint, the proprioceptors, and ultimately produces symptoms of jaw pain, vertigo, cracking, and malposition. While many conventional therapies such as mouth guards, muscle relaxers, exercises, and NSAIDS give relief, Upper Cervical is a specific, gentle, and innovative procedure that has helped countless TMJ sufferers recover.
Upper Cervical Care views TMJ through a unique lense. We recognize that the nervous system is the master control system of the body and interference to the nervous system can be detrimental to our overall health. Whether from the birth process, or an injury later in life, the top bone in the neck can easily misalign and cause neurological insult to the brainstem. Being that the muscles of the jaw are controlled by the 5th cranial nerve, a misalignment to the top 2 bones in the neck can affect the nerve signals to the TMJ. This affects the proper communication of the trigeminal nerve to the muscles of mastication and facial sensation. Over time the muscle imbalances cause the TMJ to malfunction, spasm, and lead to other symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction.
We help people that are struggling with chronic health disorders, that are not responding to traditional medical or even alternative methods. To overcome their challenges we utilize a very little known procedure that deals with the brainstem and the unique relationship between the brainstem and the top 2 bones of the neck.
If you or anyone you know is suffering with TMJ, please call our office to determine if you are a candidate for upper cervical care.