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SUFFER FROM TMJ? CHIROPRACTIC IS THE ANSWER Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) is the term used for the paired joints between the upper and lower jaws, as well as to describe pain or other dysfunc on of these joints. Applying hot and cold to the jaw area, ea ng mostly so foods, taking an -inflammatory drugs, or wearing a bite guard in the mouth at night are some basic treatments for TMJ. If these treatments are unsuccessful, chiroprac c is available with great success in fixing TMJ. Chiroprac c care for the TMJ can ease pain by correc ng the misalignment between the spine and nervous system. Chiroprac c care relaxes the muscles, adjusts the joint and uses specific trigger points to re-posi on the jaw. This will not only relieve pain but will help prevent TMJ pain from returning. Chiroprac c care works by relieving tension both outside and inside the mouth using trigger point therapy. Trigger points that are common to TMJ are the Trapezius muscle, which will affect behind the ear, temple and jawbone. The trigger points on the SCM muscle can relieve pain in the forehead, front of the jaw and around the eye. The trigger points on the Medial Pterygoid muscle, influences pain in the TMJ, as well as ear, nose, lower jaw, and neck. Adjustments to the joints can also release any fixa ons that will not allow the muscles to relax. Also misalignment of the jaw that results from improper posture or a back problems can cause TMJ disorder. Chiroprac c care on the neck and upper back will allow the jaw to open and close correctly. When all of these treatments are used correctly, mo on of the jaw joint will improve and symptoms will disappear such as neck pain, jaw locking, headaches and ear pain. While there are several ways to treat TMJ disorder, scien fic studies have shown chiroprac c care has been one of the most successful ways to fix the problem. In a 2003 study, 15 people were given chiroprac c adjustments using the ac vator technique, a low force adjustment technique. All par cipants showed improvements on how wide they could open their jaws, and in pain measurements. This shows that chiroprac c care with the ac vator technique should be looked at as one of the first coarse of treatments for TMJ. Chiroprac c is an alterna ve healthcare prac ce that focuses on the rela onship between the nervous system and spine. It is based on the principle that improper alignment of the vertebrae called a subluxa on can cause symptoms related to neurological func on at local or remote points in the body. Page 14| Abby's Magazine -

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