Pain and discomfort in the jaw are more common among the population than previously thought. Around 10% of the population is plagued by jaw pain and discomfort. There are several different causes that our therapists can examine, diagnose, and treat.
The Jaw joint has a unique structure. It is the only joint in the body that can move 3 dimensional. Also, all movements on one side will affect the opposite jaw joints. In most cases where there is a dysfunction in the jaw, there are also dysfunctions in the neck. The top two vertebrae of the neck are most often involved in jaw problems.
Some of the symptoms associated with jaw problems are pain and loss of movement when using the jaw in the form of talking and chewing. Here one can also experience the clicking sounds. When the jaw is tightly tied to the neck and face nerves, it can also cause neck pain, headaches, and tinnitus to name a few.
How do we investigate and treat jaw ailments
To map jaw problems, our chiropractors at Chiro & SportsMed do a thorough examination of the back, chest back, neck and jaw. Upon discovery of dysfunction in the neck and jaw, treatment will focus on normalizing movement in joints using joint corrections, strains and muscular treatment in the jaw. Tense muscles of the jaw often contribute to increased distress and are important to treat to achieve a lasting effect. Our chiropractors have long experience with treating jaw problems.