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Posted on 10-23-2017

Opening a jaw should be pain-free and symmetrical. When it isn't, it can be very painful and lead to jaw pain and clicking, but it can also lead to headaches and neck pain. This was the case for Trina. She was suffering from neck pain, headaches, and a jaw that "CLUNKED" to the right when she opened her jaw.

Check out Trina's Before Video.......

And check out Trina's After Video!!!

Not only can spines get out of alignment but the jaw joint (also known as the "temporomandibular joint" or "TMJ") can get out of alignment as well. The top reasons for TMJ misalignments can include neck subluxations (misalignments) and the resulting muscle and jaw compensation patterns for that area of the body. Poor computer ergonomics causing forward head posture can also be a contributor as well as braces on the teeth.

The most significant causes of TMD (temporomandibular disorders can be any bumps or trauma to the head or jaw itself. Obviously if the jaw is knocked out of alignment that is a problem. But if any of the cranial bones are slightly out of alignment that can cause the temporal cranial bone to get out of alignment. When that is out of alignment, the condylar process of the TMJ complex can't fit into the "cup" or the mandibular fossa of the temporal bone.

Dr. Kayla Zirpel-Proctor of Back to Wellness Chiropractic in St. Paul has a specific adjustment protocol for these types of situations. She first adjusts the whole spine, especially the neck. Then she evaluates the movement of the jaw to look for any deviations to the sides upon opening or any noises in the jaw upon opening. Then she adjusts the jaw and/or cranial bones if appropriate. Finally, she usually finishes up with massaging the TMJ muscles if necessary. After all this, she evaluates the motion of the jaw again and it is much more balanced!

If you know any St. Paul community members suffering with noisy and painful jaws or even headaches and neck pain as the result of jaw issues, share this blogpost with them! Jaw pain can be a problem every time a person wants to speak, eat, chew, and yawn; it can be very painful for that personBack to Wellness Chiropractic in St. Paul MN looks forward to doing a thorough exam with them and helping them out!

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