The jaw is a complex structure of bones and joints that work together to allow you to speak, chew, and move your head. It's also one of the first places where pain can occur from stress. Chiropractors know how important it is to keep your mouth healthy, so we want to talk about what chiropractic jaw realignment is and if you should try this treatment for yourself.
While several patients often ask, "can a chiropractor realign your jaw?", The chiropractors at DeBole Chiropractic understand the concern of people who need a jaw realignment. Thus, they disclose every information a patient needs to understand to make a well-informed decision.
Understanding the Jaw
The jaw is a set of joints that are located in the front part of your head. The joint between your lower teeth and skull called the TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint can be responsible for pain experienced at the back of your head as well as headaches. When these joints become misaligned, it can cause chronic muscle tension, leading to more severe problems like grinding teeth during sleep or clenching jaws while awake (bruxism).
Your jaw is as unique and complex as any other joint in your body. It has joints on each side called the temporal-mandibular joint, cushioned by a disc just like those found in your spine. When problems occur with that area, it's often due to some combination of factors such as:
- If you're under a lot of stress or have teeth grinding habits
- A traumatic injury
- Poor posture for extended periods can lead to drooping head muscles over time, causing excessive pressure near the temporomandibular joints.
The jaw is a complex area of the human body containing several important muscles, bones, and nerves. It's also one of those areas that many people don't know too much about until they have an issue with it. A chiropractor may be able to help you out in such cases through a process called realignment or adjustment.
When there are problems in this region of your anatomy, symptoms can include:
- neck aches;
- shoulder stiffness; and
- difficulties in chewing food due to misalignment-resulting from not enough space for teeth due to inflammation around the joint.
This misaligned position could even lead to temporomandibular disorder (TMD) in which they can't move in the right direction, and there is a high chance that they will touch each other, which can cause pain.
What Is Temporomandibular Disorder?
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a medical condition in which problems with the temporomandibular joint interfere with chewing, talking and other jaw movements. TMD causes pain in different parts of the face and head, including but not limited to: headaches, neck-related pains such as stiffness or soreness, earaches, toothache, or may manifest itself through symptoms like clicking joints when opening your mouth wide enough for a doctor to examine it.
The most common cause of TMD is misalignment between two main structures that make up this joint called condyle(s) on each jaw bone. When these bones can't move together correctly, they can lead to stress throughout the body. Stress often results in pain and can lead to changes in the way you chew.
The symptoms of TMJ can be mild to severe and often start as a minor issue like biting your cheek or soreness. The jaw muscles are located on either side of the temple, so any trauma there may cause pain in those areas, too. Depending on what you do for work, it might also hurt when opening or closing your mouth. Individuals with these symptoms must see their dental professional because sometimes there is no apparent reason why this is happening- which means they must get an examination from someone who specializes in diagnosing such conditions.
What is a Jaw Realignment?
A jaw realignment refers to maintaining or restoring proper alignment of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) by aligning the condyles on each side of your head so that they line up correctly with one another. Your body relies on this joint for many daily functions, including chewing, talking, breathing, and just about everything else it does.
If it doesn't work correctly, then there can be significant problems like pain, stiffness, and an inability to open wide enough for examination - some people even lose their ability to speak without extreme effort. The goal of treatment should always be restoration rather than simply alleviation because TMD has been known.
Many adjustments can be made in your mouth to help fix the problem, and depending on which way the disc has slipped, they might suggest a specific adjustment. They may also recommend massage or wearing guards at night if you grind your teeth. The treatment goal will be realigning your jaw joint, and it will probably make you feel better all over since reducing tension around the joints reduces pain.
Why Do I Need A Jaw Realignment?
Due to our diet changes and lack of physical activity, many people have lost their natural alignment with gravity. Over time, this can pressure other parts of your body, such as the lower back, shoulders, neck, plus more! A chiropractor at DeBole Chiropractic, such as Dr. Mike Debole, can perform this type of realignment.
If your TMJ is causing you pain, stiffness, or an inability to open wide enough for examination, then it may be a sign that the joint has misaligned due to trauma. When this happens (usually from repetitive stress), your body can no longer rely on its natural alignment and instead relies on muscle memory which causes inflammation in surrounding tissue.
It can cause problems like tooth grinding, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and numbness in other parts of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and tongue. The complexity of TMD varies, but if left untreated, it can lead to chronic issues, including restricted breathing patterns.
How Does a Jaw Realignment work?
When your jaw is misaligned, it can lead to muscle tension which may then cause pain in other parts of the body such as the lower back, shoulders, and neck, plus more! Dr. Debole can do this type of realignment with an adjustment called "chiropractic jaw alignment" by the doctor or another medical professional specializing in this process.
Chiropractors have been trained for years on how to detect these problems and help their patients get relief from chronic discomfort so they can live life without limitations. The best way for you to find out if this type of treatment will work where others haven't is by scheduling an appointment today.
When visiting Debole Chiropractic, there are many key muscles they will inspect. The masseter muscle is one of these, and it impacts how your teeth bite together and chewing on food. Our chiropractors also look at three other major muscles: temporalis, pterygoid and suboccipital. It ensures that everything stays adequately aligned with all those jaw joints in place- which can become misaligned if not taken care of.
The masseter is a large, thick muscle covering one side of our jaw and allows us to chew. You can feel it by placing your hand on the cheekbone while opening and closing your mouth. The temporalis are smaller muscles located on both sides of the head, which also cover an area around temples and help in chewing food. The temporalis can be felt by placing your hand behind the ear and feeling for a pulsing.
The pterygoid is located on both sides of the lower jaw while being under the masseter muscle. It helps in closing our jaws together when we chew with strong force. The suboccipital muscles are also found on either side of the head, right below that skull at the base of the neck; they help keep our head up without straining neck muscles or tendons.
An adjustment will take care of all these important areas. Still, it also involves various techniques like massage to release tension and chiropractic adjustments, which may even include some gentle twisting motion known as high-velocity low amplitude manipulation (HVLA). It helps to restore a more favorable alignment and can relieve the pain.
The first step in the process is to have a proper diagnosis of your condition. Many things can cause jaw pain and discomfort, such as muscle tension or even an infection. Our chiropractor will get you on the right path towards relief by identifying what is causing your symptoms. Once they know what's wrong, they can create a treatment plan which may include physical therapy exercises, joint manipulation, or other forms of rehabilitation. They also recommend making some changes to your lifestyle, including eating better and incorporating stress-relieving practices into your routine like meditation or yoga. Working with a professional can help make sure all parts of this recovery process go smoothly.
Understanding the importance of the jaw, we hope you are now convinced that it is necessary to have a proper jaw alignment. It may seem like an impossible goal if your pain and discomfort in this area have been going on for years. Still, with chiropractic care and TMD treatment from our team at Debole Chiropractic - Dr. Mike Debole, we can help get you back to feeling more comfortable sooner. Our chiropractors can realign your jaw! If you're ready to learn more about how a jaw realignment works or if you'd just like to request an appointment today, don't hesitate to contact us!