Chiropractic Care for TMJ
Updated: May 28
Did you know that chiropractic treatment can help alleviate jaw pain? Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) is dysfunction in the joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the head via the temporal cranial bone. At Natural Care Chiropractic in Lindenhurst, Dr. Mark Freund is trained to realign the neck bones, taking pressure off of one of the body’s most complex joints.
The temporomandibular joint is responsible for sliding the mandible around as well as opening and closing it. Consequently, it has to connect to a lot of different muscles and its cartilage can get worn out. When people have TMJ, they may feel pain in their jaws, necks, or shoulders, have difficulty opening their mouths, hear clicking noises when they chew, or even suffer headaches and ear pain. Dentists are often the doctors who identify TMJ because nighttime jaw clenching puts stress on the teeth, which could cause them to crack eventually leading to the need for root canal.
Dentists may provide oral appliances to keep patients’ teeth safe, but they may not be able to address TMJ at its source. Fortunately, Dr. Freund is proficient in the Atlas Orthogonal technique and working alongside dental professionals for the correct jaw alignment. This gentle treatment targets the atlas vertebra, manipulating it back into position so it won’t put pressure on the neck muscles so close to the temporomandibular joint. It also helps correct subluxations further down the spine that form in response to problems in the atlas. Dr. Freund works closely with dentists and patients’ other doctors to ensure that they are receiving coordinated, full-body care. If you have been unable to determine the cause of your TMJ, give us a call.
Dr. Mark Freund and Dr. Nicole Gopaul run Natural Care Chiropractic at 2118 East Grand Avenue, Lindenhurst, Illinois, 60046. To schedule an appointment, visit our request an appointment page or call 847-265-0600.