Back pain is the most common reason people go to a chiropractor and it’s what the profession is best known for. But the treatment can do far more than just bring an end to your aching back.

People who suffer from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) or TMD disorder often find general practice physicians and pain management doctors can do little other than prescribe pain killers. Long term use of the more potent pain relievers can lead to addiction problems. Over-the-counter medications also come with some unwelcome side effects if used long-term. Alexander Chiropractic is ready to help you, and work with your current physician and dentist, to relieve this pain in the most patient friendly way possible.

“If you have TMD, your doctor may recommend chiropractic manipulation, massage, applying heat/ice and special exercises. In most cases, your doctor’s first goal is to relieve symptoms, particularly pain. If your doctor of chiropractic feels that you need special appliances or splints (with the exception of the ‘waterpack’ and other guards against teeth grinding), he or she will refer you to a dentist or orthodontist for co-management,” states an article at the American Chiropractic Association.

Briefly, here’s what TMJ is:

  • Regular pain in your face, neck and sometimes the shoulders
  • Limited motion in your jaw or your jaw “locking” down
  • Pain when you bite down, clicking or grating when you bite or open your mouth

The medical community groups this pain into three categories:

1) Muscle pain in the jaw, neck and sometimes shoulders

2) A dislocated jaw or disc that’s out-of-place

3) Joint diseases like arthritis or other inflammation

The non-arthritis problems can come from about just about anything. Even stress is enough to make your jaw hurt.

If you come to the Livermore Chiropractic clinic, we’ll evaluate you for these problems. One common test is examining your jaws’ biting strength. This tells us if you are at, above or below the bite strength you should have. X-rays can also help narrow the problem down.

Speaking of X-rays, one important TMJ pain to note is one that goes from the jaw to the ear. An abscess tooth can cause this. Chiropractic can’t do anything for that. You need to see a dentist. If that’s your problem, our staff can help you find a dentist.

If you have something chiropractic can help, we’ll discuss a course of therapy and set up convenient appointments.

For more information about how chiropractic care can help relieve pain and help your quality of life, contact us.