I 've had several people suggest seeing a chiropractor for my TMJ, but I'm just really hesitant to do so, the docs. say mine is because the joint is SOOOOOO worn down, and I just think that a chiropractor isn't a real great idea. But I've tried muscle relaxers, Cortizone shots (which do help for about 6 months) and I just can't find any lasting relief. I'm really hesitant to try any dental stuff either, my dentist deals with TMJ some and doesn't think that would really be the source, because I don't grind my teeth... but I do clench them.... advice? comments? thanks
Splints actually are the way to go. My kid is on splint #11 right now and finally getting some relief. I had him involved in other therapies prior to splint #11 and they didn't seem to help at all. Once he got the proper splint in his mouth.................the other therapies have helped tremendously. He currently participates in Chiropractics, Physical Therapy and Massotherapy. Until you get a splint made for your particular problems, it seems like any therapy would basically be a "band aid." Good luck.
Sorry if my post was confusing, I agree with Cherylynn dont allow them to adjust your jaw. I got my neck adjusted to help with the facial stuff but not the jaw. Ive had people treat my head like a bowling ball and do all sorts of stuff, it doesnt help and hurts, so no I would not let them do my jaw.
Yeah, I've had them fix my neck and back because I know my neck gets messed up b/c of my jaw.. the way I sleep, sit, etc. and I'm always worried about my jaw when they're cracking my neck, since my jaw is so worn down
Is the splint the way to go, if you clench only a bit at night, and you DON'T grind?
My chiropractor was helping my headaches for a day or two then they would come back until i finally figured i had tmj. I went to a specialist and i had the mouthguard for 24/7 and while i was getting my jaw back into place like this i was still going to the chiropractor because the shift of the jaw is throwing off your whole body so they will adjust you accordingly. Now that i am done with the mouthguard the specialist said i would most likely need braces but i could hold off and if the headaches were coming back i should go that route. Well they are coming back so i will need them meanwhile i am still going to the chiropractor but the adjustments are not holding as good as they use to because even though my jaw is realigned now my bite is way off which continues to throw my body off and does not allow the adjustments made by the chiropractor to stick...does this make sense?
Never let anyone "adjust" your jaw!! They will most likely damage it more. Many dentists way of judging for tmj is sticking their fingers in your ears and feeling for pops or snaps. I went through that for years and they always said I was fine, finally I complained so much they referred me to an orafacial pain center they made me a great splint until further things were needed. You'll hate it at first, but after a while you won't want to sleep without it.
I don't grind either, I only clench.
When my jaw is really bothering me I just recently tried using gauze. Sounds really odd, I know. When I got my wisdom teeth out they said to pack the holes with gauze, well I found out that just putting a bit of gauze between my top and bottom teeth on each side really helps when the joint is bothering me. I don't know why. Anyone have any ideas why that would help?
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