What is TMJ? What Causes TMJ?
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint formed between the jaw and skull. Trauma, excessive chewing, teeth grinding or problems in the neck may result in misalignment or dysfunction of this joint. TMJ dysfunction can present as pain in the jaw or side of the face, clicking or locking of the jaw, headaches and or neck pain.
How can a Chiropractor help TMJ?
Chiropractic care works to safely realign the joints, relieving the tension in the surrounding muscles and returning proper function to the temporomandibular joint.
Medications for Jaw Pain
All NSAIDS come with the risk of gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding.
Cox-2 inhibitors were developed to reduce the risk of GI ulcers. They did not, though, eliminate it. In fact, another major issue emerged with these drugs: the possibility of severe and deadly vascular problems with long-term use, including heart attack and stroke. Two Cox-2 inhibitors, rofecoxib (Vioxx) and valdecoxib (Bextra), were withdrawn from the market because of this. Celecoxib (Celebrex) is still available.
This drug can cause liver damage, especially when taking too much or if taken with alcohol. Acetaminophen is present in many medications, from cold medicines and over-the-counter pain relievers to prescription drugs such as Percocet and Vicodin, so users may not realize they are taking too much. Acetaminophen is one of the leading causes of drug overdose that present to emergency rooms.
Other Alternative Medicine Treatments for Jaw Pain/TMJ
Certain nutrients can help as natural anti-inflammatories, such as fish oil, and natural muscle relaxants, such as magnesium.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain. It encourages the production of natural anti-inflammatories in the brain and helps stimulate the immune system to speed healing.
Registered Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can help relax the muscles of the head, neck and jaw to relieve clenching, grinding and TMJ.
Herbal medicines like curcumin and boswellia can act as natural anti-inflammatories without the side effects on the digestive tract.