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Old 05-02-2003, 10:50 AM   #1
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Just curious on thoughts about going to a chiropractor to treat tmj...

 
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Old 05-02-2003, 11:37 AM   #2
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I went about a month ago to a chiropractor. The massages felt really nice but after my first adjustment I went way way way downhill... so I never went back. I think that a lot of people on here have done well with a chiro though. I guess just make sure that they really really know all about tmj before you let them touch you. Mine boasted about treating over 100 patients currently with tmj.. but later when I thought about it.. that doesn't necessarily mean that they know anything about curing it. See if they've attended a seminar or something like that. Just my two cents.

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Old 05-02-2003, 05:06 PM   #3
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Hi abby320,

I doubt that going to a chiropractor exclusively will resolve a TMJ problem. Usually, chiropractic is a supplemental therapy that works well in conjunction with splint therapy. When the TM joint is dysfunctioning, the rest of the body is thrown off balance. A TMJ sufferer may notice they also have one eye higher than the other, one ear, shoulder, hip, ankle, etc. When there is a structural imbalance, then there is a functional imbalance. Proper alignment is imperative in the spinal column and in the relationship of the lower jaw to the skull.
I went to a chiropractor on a routine basis throughout my TMJ splint therapy. My dentist supported this, however, he instructed me NOT to let a chiropractor actually manipulate my jaw under any circumstances.

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When there is a structural imbalance, then there is a functional imbalance. Proper alignment is imperative in the spinal column and in the relationship of the lower jaw to the skull.

A commonly undiagnosed perpetuating factor in postural distortion and chronic pain patterns including tmj pain is an anatomical leg length difference.

According to Travell, as little as 3/16 of an inch difference can perpetuate myofascial pain.

Sadly and tragically, most doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors will tell you that small differences don't matter or even that there is no such thing as anatomical leg length difference.

Yet there are some studies, including one done by the US Army, with x-ray verification, showing between 10-30 percent of the population with LLD greater than a half inch. Who knows how many with smaller differences. Some clinicians say 40-60 percent.

If you have tmj not due to joint trauma, it is likely related to postural distortions. Even pelvic misalignments not due to LLD can cause problems in the upper cervical and cranial structures.

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A TMJ sufferer may notice they also have one eye higher than the other, one ear,
Another thing doctors will tell you is that the cranial bones do not move.

They do.

If your eyes or ears are lower or higher, your temporal bones are out of place, and that profoundly affects your jaw joint. Temporal bones can move vertically, horizontally, rotate and flare in or out.

My temporal bones had all of those distortions, and when corrected in one treatment, immediately cured decades of my jaw jumping and popping.


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