JAW PAIN: CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP?

Chiropractic for jaw pain?

Whether your jaw pain comes from grinding, clenching, or an injury, chiropractic is a great way to treat jaw pain. You don’t have to suffer.

At Asha, our chiropractors have years of success freeing our patients from pain. We use a gentle protocol to restore proper movement of your jaw and an individualized assessment to identify and remove the physical issues that lead to the pain so you can stop the cycle.

Make an appointment today to find out how we can help.

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Jaw pain: Can chiropractic help?

(Spoiler alert… YES! And you deserve to be out of pain!)

You wake up in the morning and grab your throbbing head.  Have you been clenching all night again? You darn near have a bruise from self massaging that area below your cheek bones. It never seems to loosen up. You have a low level pain that plagues you all day long. You might have TMD.

“Ugh, it hurts!  Why is this happening?”

The tissues around your jaw joint have been strained and that hurts.  Whether it was from an acute injury of your TMJ or a more chronic issue like clenching or grinding, you are now faced with a physical problem that needs a physical solution.

“It’s my fault.  I just need to learn to relax my jaw.”

It’s actually not your fault. Most people don’t realize that issues in the joint are a major contributor to clenching and grinding. It’s not something you can relax away because your body is clenching to protect and stabilize your jaw. 

The most common story we see in our office:

Imagine laying on your side to sleep.  Your pillow isn’t supporting your head and neck so your neck is bent at a weird angle. You put your hand under your chin to adjust your head so that it’s level with the pillow.  You might not even realize why you needed to put your hand under your chin but you are now comfortable enough to sleep.

Now you spend hours pushing your jaw to the side while you sleep.  The pain you feel in the morning will be from a combination of:

  1. Overstretched jaw
  2. Clenching to keep your jaw from getting overstretched

What can chiropractic do?

At Asha, our chiropractors have years of success freeing our patients from pain. We use a gentle protocol to restore proper movement of your jaw and an individualized assessment to identify and remove the physical issues that led to the pain in the first place. We treat the pain and help you prevent future problems.

Is chiropractic the only answer?

Often chiropractic is enough but in more complicated cases, we team up with other kinds of providers (acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, counseling, dentists) to accomplish the goal of getting our patients out of pain. The beauty of practicing with a diverse group of practitioners at Asha link to website is that we often have all the providers you need in one place.  If we find that you need something beyond what our clinic offers, we have relationships with wonderful practitioners around the Portland area. 

Adrianna Locke, licensed acupuncturist at Asha, has this to say about treatment of TMJ…

“In my experience, TMJ doesn’t just appear by itself. There’s usually a lot of stress, anxiety, and old holding patterns present and so working multi-dimensionally tends to yield the best results. Body and mind really aren’t separate and so using modalities that address both are helpful. For example, getting bodywork and chiropractic, as well as seeking out a skilled counselor all work to address the problem. East Asian traditional medicine, including acupuncture, is by nature a multi-pronged approach addressing emotional, mental and physical health, and so can also be an amazing resource.”

The bottom line is that you deserve to be free from pain and we are dedicated to helping you find your solution. If you are suffering from jaw pain, call Asha to see how we can  help. 

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