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TMJ and Chiropractic


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TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. It’s an important joint formed by your skull and your jaw bone and involves the muscles needed for chewing.   


Your TMJ acts like a sliding hinge and connects your jaw bone to your skull. It is responsible for opening and closing your mouth, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side, and enabling you to talk, chew, and yawn.  


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Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint makes it difficult to open or close your mouth


TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew. But if there's no pain or limitation of movement associated with your jaw clicking, you probably don't need treatment for a TMJ disorder.


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Chiropractic adjustments are a conservative method of treating TMJ pain and don't require the use of drugs or surgery like typical treatments. 


Dr. Shoe and Dr. Alex will check your TMJ and atlas vertebrae for subluxations. 


Within the TMJ is a small disc that can become misshapen due to a subluxation of the TMJ. When the jaw is out of its normal alignment it will not open and close smoothly and may pop or click. 


Adjusting the TMJ and getting it back into its normal alignment will slowly reshape the disc and allow the joint to function as it should. 


The adjustment will not only help resolve the pain, but it will help prevent TMJ pain from returning. 


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Icing 

To assist with your adjustment, a good exercise to start at home is ice therapy. 


Take a Dixie cup and fill it with water, and put it in the freezer. 


You can massage the TMJ with the ice by slowly peeling away the wax cup and massaging the ice into the TMJ muscles and really working the areas that are tender or have trigger points. 


This will not only help with pain management between adjustments but will also loosen the muscles to help the adjustment hold longer.


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Exercises

Along with chiropractic adjustments and icing, we recommend exercises for home. These are intended to gradually restore your jaw’s range of motion and reduce any discomfort caused by TMJ. 


  Find TMJ Exercises Here 


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If you are having issues with TMJ or know someone who is, call our office today (313) 886-8030 or go to our "Contact Us" tab and click "Appointment  Request".  Make your appointment today and let us help you manage your TMJ pain!




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We look forward to hearing from you

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Office Hours

Adjustment Hours: 7:30-9:30, 11:00-12:00, 2:00-3:00 and 4:00-6:00 (7:00 am on Wednesday's)

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Monday:

7:30 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

Closed AM

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-12:00 pm

Closed PM

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