TMJ in Downtown San Diego
More than 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ disorders. If you’ve noticed jaw pain in Downtown San Diego or experienced headaches lately, rely on Gaslamp Chiropractic to take a whole-person approach that emphasizes your overall well-being. The practice, located in Downtown San Diego, California, provides integrative modalities to give you relief, such as massage therapy or acupuncture. To find out more about the benefits of functional medicine, call the Downtown Gaslamp Quarter office, or book a consultation online.
What is TMJ in Downtown San Diego?
You have two temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Each sits on either side of your head, connecting your head to your jaw.
A well-functioning TMJ enables you to perform essential daily functions like talking and chewing. When your TMJ doesn’t function as it should, it causes a range of problems with the joint and the surrounding muscles.
What are the signs of problems with my TMJ?
You may experience one or more of the following symptoms with a TMJ disorder.
- Jaw pain
- Jaw stiffness
- Dull, aching facial pain
- Limited movement of your jaw
- Locked jaw
- Painful clicking or popping in the jaw
You also may notice a change in how your upper and lower teeth fit together. Stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep may make these symptoms worse.
What causes TMJ disorders?
TMJ disorders may arise from a variety of sources. You may be grinding your teeth because of stress, or have poor posture that’s causing your TMJ symptoms. For example, if you constantly hold your head forward during computer work or while texting, this posture strains the muscles of your face and neck.
In some cases, the cause of your TMJ disorder is unknown. Many people with TMJ end up having trigger points, which are contracted muscles in your head, neck, and jaw. Trigger points can spread pain to other areas, causing an earache, headache, or toothache.
Once your Gaslamp Chiropractic provider identifies your issue, they recommend an integrative treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and promote your well-being.
How are TMJ disorders diagnosed?
Gaslamp Chiropractic takes your medical history and performs a thorough exam. Your provider feels your muscles and joints for areas of tenderness and presses around your head to pinpoint areas that are painful or sensitive.
They slide your teeth from side to side and watch and feel as you open and shut your jaw. You also may need diagnostic tests to confirm your condition.
How are TMJ disorders treated?
Your Gaslamp Chiropractic provider tailors your treatment to the underlying cause behind your condition. Improving your posture and avoiding bad habits like looking down at your phone or computer can help. Stress-reduction techniques or massage therapy may relieve your symptoms. Your provider may recommend acupuncture to relax the muscles related to your TMJ disorder.
Get the whole-person care you deserve today for TMJ pain. Call Gaslamp Chiropractic or book a consultation online.