TMJ and Jaw Chiropractic in Austin, TX
Jaw misalignments can occur in a variety of different ways. Some of the most common ways a jaw becomes misaligned is through stressful clenching, teeth grinding at night, past whiplash injuries, ear popping, and neck misalignments. This misalignment often leads to jaw pain (TMJ pain), dental issues, headaches, slurred speech, jaw popping or clicking, lock jaw, and even neck pain.
Some common TMJ/Jaw conditions we see are:
How to know if your jaw is misaligned?
Sometimes you can have a misaligned jaw but have zero symptoms. However, when a misalignment remains present, it will eventually lead to a variety of different symptoms. Some of these symptoms include jaw pain, jaw popping, jaw clicking, ear popping, slurred speech, headaches, migraines, neck pain, teeth grinding, and dental issues. Plus, misaligned jaws often occur from past traumas. These traumas can include car accidents, whiplash, braces, dental procedures, head trauma, falling, improper sleeping, improper ergonomics, forward head posture, etc.
Some questions to ask yourself to know if you have a misaligned jaw are:
Does your chin deviate (move) to one side when you open and/or close your mouth?
Do you hear popping or clicking when moving your mouth?
Do you wake up in the morning with jaw pain?
Do you get headaches when under stress?
Does your jaw feel fatigued after eating?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please fill out a new patient form so we can correct this NOW before it becomes a serious issue.
Can you realign your own TMJ / jaw?
The jaw is extremely difficult to realign by yourself, even if you yourself are a healthcare professional. Chiropractors not only realign jaws, but will show you different strategies and exercises to help you keep it in alignment. With that being said, the best way to realign your jaw is to see a chiropractor for specific and gentle chiropractic adjustments and doing the proper at home care to keep your jaw in its new proper alignment. In fact, we also work with other health care professionals to ensure that we do all we can to not only correct your TMJ alignment, but also keep it that way to prevent it from coming back in the first place. If you feel like your TMJ needs to be realigned, then schedule your evaluation with one of our doctors today!
How to get your Jaw back in Alignment
The best way to get your jaw back into alignment is through a thorough chiropractic evaluation that often leads to gentle chiropractic adjustments to the jaw and upper neck. The thorough evaluation is key, especially since the misalignments are often only millimeters off and the adjustments are gentle. The gentle adjustments and specificity are what make jaw adjustments so vitally important to eliminate jaw pain and popping. To see how a jaw is adjusted, check out this YouTube Video of one of our patients having her jaw adjusted for the first time ever!
TMJ Chiropractic Technique
The TMJ chiropractic technique can include a manual adjustment by hand to the actual TMJ, manual release of the surrounding jaw muscles (much like a deep tissue massage), adjustment to the TMJ using instrumentation (activator), manual adjustments to the neck, and jaw exercises. When proper jaw alignment is restored, you often notice that all of your jaw complaints go away as well. To learn more about how to correct your specific TMJ issue, schedule your evaluation with one of our doctors today!
Can you pop your TMJ back in place?
We do not recommend trying to pop your TMJ back in place by yourself. In fact, we do not recommend trying to pop any misaligned joint back into place by yourself. This is because the TMJ is a very sensitive joint that can feel worse if you try to fix it by yourself incorrectly. We recommend seeing a chiropractor for a specific evaluation and adjustment to ensure that your TMJ alignment is restored properly. If you feel the need to pop your TMJ back into place yourself, please schedule your evaluation with one of our doctors today to avoid any errors!
Can a chiropractor adjust your jaw and fix a misaligned jaw?
Yes, absolutely! Oftentimes, when somebody has a misaligned jaw, they turn to their dentist or a medical doctor. These approaches can lead to expensive modalities or even risky invasive surgeries. This is why chiropractic is the perfect first option since it is less expensive and much less invasive. Chiropractors have oftentimes saved people tons of money, time, and energy in regards to jaw pain. For example, here’s a YouTube Video of our patient who saved $23,000 by getting her jaw adjusted before turning to surgery.
Chiropractors are trained to evaluate and adjust every joint of the body. This includes the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) or the Jaw. A chiropractic jaw adjustment is similar to an adjustment to all other joints of the body. It includes a thorough evaluation, history, and exam to discover exactly what is going on, and what must be done to improve the condition. Schedule your evaluation with one of our doctors today! (link to new patient page)