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As injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Lincoln patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Kallio will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the TMJ.
For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were examined prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research study carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. The authors 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 origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes 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. Kallio now and schedule an appointment to come into our Lincoln office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!