Do you wake in the morning to popping jaw sound when you yawn? Have you found it difficult to chew because of the pain in your jaw? Does your mouth ever lock open or closed? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, our Gilbert chiropractor invites you to Islands Chiropractic to learn about TMJ, it’s symptoms and treatment options. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint disorder. This hinged joint that controls your jaw movements, is subject to conditions that create pain, instability and immobility. Our chiropractor works on the temporomandibular joint much the same way he adjusts other joints such as your shoulders, knees, elbows, wrists and vertebrae. Dr. Daniel Carlow gently places your jaw into a better alignment to eliminate the pain and cracking that typically accompany TMJ.
TMJ Symptom Alleviation
If you are suffering from TMJ or wondering if you have this condition, look for symptoms such as:
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Cracking or popping sounds when you open your jaw
- Painful chewing
- Pain in one or both ears
- Tender jaw to the touch
These symptoms signal a challenge in your jaw joint. Our chiropractor, Dr. Carlow, wants to eliminate the symptoms without using medication, but also strives to remove the challenge. You may have been given the suggestion to wear a mouth guard at night, which will help reduce your symptoms, but will not get rid of the problem. Our chiropractic approach reduces your pain but also determines why your TMJ is aggravated. A few reasons for TMJ symptoms include:
- A break down in the disc that protects the hinged jaw joint
- Damage to the jaw’s cartilage
- An impact injury such as a punch or collision
Chiropractic Care for TMJ
Dr. Carlow uses a Palmer approach to re-setting your TMJ to a proper alignment. This gentle technique adjusts your jaw so that it is able to move freely and without grinding, cracking, popping or sticking. You feel results immediately as a reduction in pain and within a few treatments, your TMJ may be eliminated. Dr. Carlow also uses the Arthrostim tool to assist in your jaw adjustments. This tool provides pin-point precision with your jaw adjustments and uses a frequency that provides 12 to 24 taps per second. The force and frequency are designed to stimulate healing in the area. The frequency is set to match the Earth’s frequency and is known as the Schumann resonance. This frequency helps increase blood flow to your jaw so your body is able to heal itself. Dr. Carlow’s mission is to position your body in the right state for healing. Our chiropractor also teaches you exercises to help minimize your symptoms and strengthen the new jaw position. These can be done from the comfort of your home and support your chiropractic care program. Our TMJ chiropractic care program does more than eliminate symptoms- we remove the source of your TMJ so you enjoy pain-free jaw movement.
Schedule TMJ Pain Relief Today
If you live in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix or the surround neighborhoods and are struggling with TMJ pain, please call Islands Chiropractic at (480) 545-4580.