Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite painful, we do our best to help our Corvallis patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Lach will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were examined prior to these therapies and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with TMJ 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 factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Lach today and make an appointment to come into our Corvallis practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!