Suffering with jaw pain or lock jaw? We have the treatment you need!
Why are you having jaw pain and how to fix your TMJ
Learn more about the anatomy of the jaw and the TMJ joint and why it is hurting you. Our Oakville chiropractors, Dr. Steve and Dr. Jenn have had a huge increase in TMJ patients over the Covid-19 pandemic, possibly due to stress, possibly due to masks, possibly due to upper neck issues. If this sounds like you get in and get treated before its too late.
TMJ Treatment and Jaw Pain Treatment Oakville
Jaw pain is more common in Oakville than you think. Our chiropractor, Dr. Steve treats hundreds of TMJ patients in Oakville every year. He has had great success with both preventative and post-surgical treatment. TMJ treatment, although often painful, can show great results after just one treatment.
Now Offering Shockwave Treatment for TMJ
As of August 1, 2021 Doctor Steve will be performing shockwave treatment on his TMJ pain patients/jaw pain patients. Shockwave is a non invasive approach to treating TMJ with some of the highest success rates. Shockwave therapy for jaw pain and TMJ is becoming the new gold standard for treatment!
What is shockwave therapy for TMJ pain?
Shockwave Therapy is an air compressed bullet (pneumatic gun) that contacts the surface of your skin at a rate of 15 times per second. It helps break up scar tissue and increase blood flow to the masseter muscle and other smaller muscles of your jaw. The applicator is placed (usually) on both sides of your jaw and contacted 600 to 800 times on the muscle. Mild discomfort is to be expected with minimal bruising. Most TMJ shockwave treatments last only a couple minutes and most patients notice a substantial change after just one or two visits and an 80% improvement in under 10 visits.
If you are suffering from jaw pain, lock jaw, unique jaw opening or closing patterns or pain from grinding your teeth book today and get better faster. If you are suffering from upper neck and back stiffness and headaches that you think are coming from your jaw, book in today to let Doctor Steve help or direct you to a person who can. Most TMJ disorder patients feel better after just one visit. 90% of all patients are 80% better in less than 10 visits!
At Home Treatment for TMJ!
The most common at home exercise given by Dr. Steve for TMJ patients is the jaw cork stretch. It’s very basic and easy to do. Get a wine cork, cut it to size if needed, place it upright in-between your teeth and allow the cork to stretch your jaw. Hold stretch for 10 to 60 seconds and repeat 5 to 10 times a day.
Here are some of Dr. Steve’s favourite at home exercises for jaw pain!
TMJ at our Oakville clinic can be diagnosed without any diagnostic tests. If you do have an x-ray or MRI already, please bring in the report so our TMJ treating team can be further informed of your condition.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders:
- 1. pain on both or one side of the jaw at the TMJ
- 2. general face/jaw pain, usually located just in front of the ear or lower portion of jaw
- 3. discomfort around the ear
- 4. clicking/cracking of the jaw that could be painful.
Severe TMJ disorders can make it difficult to chew your food and sleeping may become painful. Some patients even complain of headaches and neck pain coming from their jaw.
Can a chiropractor treat TMJ? Treatment options for TMJ in Oakville.
Doctor Steve’s treatment is never cookie cutter at our Oakville clinic, but there are some general guidelines we like to go by:
1. If treatment extends beyond the 8th visit without any substantial improvement in pain or Range of Motion Doctor Steve will ask his patient to visit their MD for a second opinion and possibly a set of X-rays or MRI of the Jaw. Most patients need between 6 and 12 visits for 80 percent improvement.
2. Treatment for jaw injuries also include:
- Interferential Current Therapy (IFC)
- Active Release Therapy (ART)
- Hands on Stretching and Mobilization
- Shockwave Therapy
- At home instructions for TMJ Disorder Care
Acupuncture Treatment for TMJ and jaw pain?
Doctor Jenn is our resident acupuncture provider and treats all kinds of injuries with acupuncture including TMJ and lock jaw. If you are looking to get rid of chronic jaw pain and acupuncture is your thing, call the clinic today! Oakville acupuncture for TMJ!
Stuck with Jaw Pain in Oakville?