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Because injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often quite 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 research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 people with jaw pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were evaluated prior to these treatments and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The group 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 or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources 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 today and make an appointment to come into our Lincoln location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!