Friday, June 17, 2011

Jaw Breaker

Most people are unaware as to what a chiropractor can and can’t treat. I’ll make it quite simple; if it’s a bone or joint we can treat it...simply put... everything!

Something that affects quite a few people is TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder) in layman’s terms the jaw joint.

Temporomandibular Joint disorder is inflammation of the jaw joint, which is accompanied by pain and dysfunction. It involves the muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons,
connective tissue, teeth and the bones of the jaw and skull.

Some symptoms associated with TMJ disorder:

§  Difficulty and discomfort with chewing and biting
§  There may be a clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
§  Inability to open the jaw fully
§  Facial pain that is dull in nature as well as jaw pain and tenderness
§  Earache
§  Hearing loss
§  Headaches and migraines (more so in the mornings)
§  Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
§  Neck and shoulder pain
§  Dizziness

Causes of TMJ Disorder:
  • Bruxism (repetitive unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth, often at night)
  • Trauma
  • Improper alignment of the mouth and jaw
  • Excessive gum chewing or nail biting
  • Size of food bites as well as chewing on one side
  • Degenerative joint disease, and certain arthritis as well as developmental abnormality, or pathology of the TMJ
  • Myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome
  • Insufficient overbite
Chiropractic treatment for TMJ disorder:
·         Eliminate causing factors, such as chewing gum, one sided chewing, and smaller bite sizes
·         Night splints made by the dentist to avoid grinding and clenching whilst sleeping
·         Anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants to reduce inflammation and muscle spasm
·         Ischemic compression (pressure) over the affected muscles to help ease their spasm
·         Manipulation of the TMJ (jaw joint) to restore proper alignment and function
·         Jaw stretches and exercises

Contact details:
Dr Angela Pasteilledes
96 Brand Road (inside TAP Kruger)
Tel: 031 201 1442
Cell: 083 233 1187

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