As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these therapies and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another research paper conducted an analysis of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. They 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 factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin today and schedule an appointment to come into our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!