Franklin Chiropractor | TMD Disorders

TMD DISORDER As your Franklin Chiropractor, one of my goals is to educate and adjust as many families as possible towards optimal health through phenomenal chiropractic care and rehab procedures. There are many things that Your Franklin Chiropractor can treat, and today we are going to talk about a problem that effects many people, and that is TMD Disorder. In today’s article, we are going to define what it is, and what your Franklin Chiropractor can do to treat it. The first thing that we do for this condition, along with all other conditions that present into our office, is perform our O.N.C.E exam. This stands for Orthopedic Testing, Nerve Tests, a Chiropractic Exam and X-ray. Your Franklin Chiropractor will then make a decision on the appropriate treatment protocol for your particular case. In some instances, a referral to another provider is warranted, but in most cases this is a problem we can help you with. About your problemTMDTemporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is a term that is used to describe a group problems that cause pain in the temporomandibular joint, also called the TMJ. These problems can arise from the muscles around the joint, the disc within the joint or the bony portion of the joint itself. Imbalances between the muscles that open and close your jaw are the most common culprit. Up to 25% of the population will suffer with TMD symptoms. Most patients are 20-50 years old and the condition is 2-3 times more common in females. Typical symptoms include: jaw clicking, limited mouth opening, possible jaw locking and pain. Chewing and eating usually make your symptoms more noticeable. TMD pain is generally described as an “ache” located in front of your ear canal but may also refer to other areas of your face, head, neck and shoulders. TMD patients often suffer from headaches. TMD is more common in people who clench their jaw or grind their teeth, especially at night. Bad posture and emotional stress are contributors to this problem. You are three times more likely to suffer with TMD if you have been involved in a “whiplash” accident. Conservative treatments, like those provided by your Franklin Chiropractors office, have been shown to be as effective as any surgery for most patients with TMD. Treatment is simple, focusing on “massaging” tightness out of the jaw muscles, restoring movement to any restricted joints (including your neck and upper back), and prescribing exercises to improve flexibility.
You should avoid aggravating activities like chewing gum or eating “rubbery” foods. Limit excessive talking. A custom fitted mouth guard may be prescribed to help minimize grinding & clenching and promote relaxation of your jaw muscles at night. Patients with night-time symptoms should avoid stressful activity before bedtime and try to sleep in a “neutral” position. In some cases, stress management techniques, like biofeedback, can assist you in learning how to relax your jaw muscles. Below is a “Master” List of possible symptoms caused by TMJ DisorderEye Pain and Eye Problems: – eye pain above, below, behind – bloodshot eyes – blurring of vision – bulging appearance – pressure behind the eyes – light sensitivity – watering of the eyes – drooping of the eye lid Head Pain, Headache Problems, Facial Pain: – forehead pain – temporal pain – “migraine” type headache – “cluster-type” headache – sinus headache under the eyes – posterior headaches, back of head, with or without shooting pains – hair and/or scalp painful to touch Mouth, Face, Cheek, and Chin Problems: – discomfort or pain to any of these areas – limited opening – inability to open the jaw smoothly or evenly – jaw deviates to one side when opening – inability to “find bite” with teeth Teeth and Gum Problems: – clenching or grinding at night – looseness and or soreness of back teeth – tooth pain Jaw and Jaw Joint Problems: – clicking, popping jaw joints – grating sounds – jaw locking opened or closed – pain in cheek muscles – uncontrollable jaw or tongue movements Ear Pain, Ear Problems, and Postural Imbalances: – hissing, buzzing, ringing, or roaring sounds – diminished hearing – ear pain – without infection – clogged, stuffy, “itchy” ears, feeling of fullness – balance problems, “vertigo”, dizziness, or disequilibrium
Throat Problems: – swallowing difficulties – tightness of throat – sore throat without infection – voice fluctuations – laryngitis – frequent coughing or constant clearing of throat – feeling of foreign object in throat – tongue pain – salivation (intense) – pain of the hard palate in the mouth Neck and Shoulder Problems: – lack of mobility – reduced range of movement – stiffness – neck pain – tired, sore neck muscles – shoulder aches Your Franklin Chiropractor TreatmentJoint Manipulation -Your Franklin chiropractor has found joints in your body that are not moving freely. This can cause tightness and discomfort and can accelerate unwanted degeneration i.e. arthritis. Your chiropractor will apply a gentle force with their hands, or with hand held instruments, in order to restore motion to any “restricted” joints. Sometimes a specialized table will be used to assist with these safe and effective “adjustments”. Joint manipulation improves flexibility, relieves pain and helps maintain healthy joints. Therapy Modalities -Your Franklin Chiropractor may apply electrotherapy modalities that produce light electrical pulses transmitted through electrodes placed over your specific sites of concern. These comfortable modalities work to decrease your pain, limit inflammation and ease muscle spasm. Hot or cold packs are often used in conjunction, to enhance the effect of these modalities. Another available option is therapeutic ultrasound. Ultrasound pushes sound vibrations into tissues. When these vibrations reach your deep tissues, heat develops and unwanted waste products are dispersed. Myofascial Release -Overworked muscles often become tight and develop knots or “trigger points”. Chronic tightness produces inflammation and swelling that ultimately leads to the formation of “adhesions” between tissues. Your chiropractor will apply pressure with their hands, or with specialized tools, in order to release muscle tightness and soft-tissue adhesions. This will help to improve your circulation, relieve pain and restore flexibility. Therapeutic Exercise -Muscle tightness or weakness causes discomfort and alters normal joint function, leading to additional problems. Your chiropractor will target tight or weak muscles with specific therapeutic stretching and strengthening to help increase tissue flexibility, build strength, and ease pain. Healthy, strong, and flexible muscles may help prevent re-injury, per week to help prevent problems ranging from heart disease to back pain. Start off gradually, and consult your doctor to determine your appropriate level of exercise. Vary your activities to prevent overuse injuries. Examples include – Walking, swimming running, bicycling and low impact aerobics. Work out with a friend for motivation. Make sure that you are still able to talk while exercising (referred to as the “talk test”)