Neck and Jaw Pain

Neck and Jaw Pain Resolved Naturally

Neck and jaw pain often occur together. Because nerves controlling the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) exit the spinal cord in the upper neck. Problems in one area can refer problems to the other.

TMJ disorders are very much a pain in the neck—literally and figuratively.

Millions have found natural treatment for both their jaw and neck pain with today’s safe and natural chiropractic care. Surprised?

Two Types of Jaw Pain

The TMJ joints on both sides of your jaw (in front of your ear canal) connect your moveable lower jaw to your skull. Bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood vessels and nerves make up these joints.

Besides the relief of painful symptoms, keeping these joints working properly is essential for eating, speaking and even restful sleep.

There are two types of TMJ – one is muscle related, the other joint related.

If your jaw pain is combined with neck pain, you may have myogenous (muscle related) TMJ. This simply means that the muscles of the jaw joints have been overworked or stressed, which cause muscle tightness and nerve irritation that can produce painful symptoms.

TMJ Basics

Most jaw pain is muscle-related and exacerbated by stress. For some people, the temporomandibular joint itself may be compromised, resulting in a locked jaw, clicking sounds in the joint, difficulty chewing, earaches and dizziness.

The following may help alleviate TMJ problems:

REST the jaw and keep the teeth apart as much as possible to avoid wearing them down.

EMPHASIZE soft foods and liquids to reduce chewing.

AVOID hard or crunchy foods like raw vegetables, hard candy, nuts and chewing gum.

APPLY ice or heat to reduce inflammation and relax the jaw muscles.

PRACTICE stress-management techniques such as biofeedback and meditation.

WEAR a night guard to prevent grinding your teeth in your sleep.

DENTAL or orthodontic correction may be required to correct dental abnormalities.

If you’ve already tried these without success, consult a Choose Natural chiropractor today!

Neck Pain That Produces Jaw Pain

Thankfully, most jaw pain doesn’t stem from temporomandibular joint problems; other, more common causes of neck and jaw pain include:

  • Misaligned neck joint(s)
  • Disc bulging or degeneration in the neck
  • Bone spurs in the neck

Needless to say, these issues fall within the scope of spinal problems that chiropractors help delighted patients with every day. Using precisely targeted spinal adjustments, chiropractic care can reduce nerve involvement that could be referring pain to the TMJ or other nearby tissues.

Chiropractic addresses the underlying structural cause. Pain relievers, muscle relaxers and traditional medical approaches merely fool your body so you can’t feel the pain.

Granted, pain medication is convenient, but it often delays seeking the more promising solution offered by today’s chiropractic care.

The Stress and Jaw Pain Connection

Stress, whether emotional, physical or chemical, can cause the muscles of the neck to tighten involuntarily. This tension may be localized in the neck, or it may affect other connecting muscles, like those in the jaw, shoulders and upper back.

Emotional stress comes from worry, grief, anger and the like. Have you ever referred to something being a “pain in the neck”?

Truer words were never spoken, revealing the connection between stress and muscle tension.

Physical stress can directly affect the mechanics of the body, like clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, sleeping with your neck twisted or hunched over your computer keyboard.

Uncorrected trauma from a car accident, even a minor fender bender, can affect the structure of the neck and compromise its normal graceful forward curve.

Tight muscles from stress can exacerbate misaligned facet joints in the neck, and irritate the nerves in the area, resulting in a stiff neck and jaw pain.

Neck Pain That Produces Jaw Pain

Thankfully, most jaw pain doesn’t stem from temporomandibular joint problems; other, more common causes of neck and jaw pain include:

  • Misaligned neck joint(s)
  • Disc bulging or degeneration in the neck
  • Bone spurs in the neck

Needless to say, these issues fall within the scope of spinal problems that chiropractors help delighted patients with every day. Using precisely targeted spinal adjustments, chiropractic care can reduce nerve involvement that could be referring pain to the TMJ or other nearby tissues.

Chiropractic addresses the underlying structural cause. Pain relievers, muscle relaxers and traditional medical approaches merely fool your body so you can’t feel the pain.

Granted, pain medication is convenient, but it often delays seeking the more promising solution offered by today’s chiropractic care.

The Stress and Jaw Pain Connection

Stress, whether emotional, physical or chemical, can cause the muscles of the neck to tighten involuntarily. This tension may be localized in the neck, or it may affect other connecting muscles, like those in the jaw, shoulders and upper back.

Emotional stress comes from worry, grief, anger and the like. Have you ever referred to something being a “pain in the neck”? Truer words were never spoken, revealing the connection between stress and muscle tension.

Physical stress can directly affect the mechanics of the body, like clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, sleeping with your neck twisted or hunched over your computer keyboard.

Uncorrected trauma from a car accident, even a minor fender bender, can affect the structure of the neck and compromise its normal graceful forward curve.

Tight muscles from stress can exacerbate misaligned facet joints in the neck, and irritate the nerves in the area, resulting in a stiff neck and jaw pain.

Natural Neck and Jaw Pain Relief

Simply put, chiropractors have great success with the treatment of neck and jaw pain. Chiropractic is the leading alternative natural health care discipline in the world. It’s natural approach that enhances the body’s inherent healing capabilities produces high levels of patient satisfaction.

Doctors of chiropractic are especially skilled in addressing the underlying causes of many neurological and structural symptoms. Without drugs or surgery. Call one of our compassionate, qualified Choose Natural chiropractors who practices near where you live or work. Schedule an appointment now.

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. You’ll discover your chiropractor is truly interested in… you. Not just your symptoms. He or she will happily meet with you to determine if you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care.

If you are, the next step is a thorough physical, neurological and chiropractic exam. Many patients report that it is the most complete workup they’ve ever experienced.

The purpose of your exam is to determine the precise location of any structural problems interfering with nerve messages to or from the brain. You’ll receive a full report explaining what the chiropractor found.

If you wish to begin the chiropractor’s care recommendations you’ll receive your first chiropractic adjustment. Your chiropractor will gently correct problem areas in your upper spine or other structures.

Restoring proper joint function helps restore normal nerve function. It has surprised millions who have found relief from neck and jaw pain with the all-natural approach offered by chiropractic.

Chiropractic care is covered by most insurance, and enjoys federal and state recognition. Chiropractors are licensed and attend regular continuing education programs to keep their license current. Regardless of the day or time, schedule an appointment now!

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