Can A Chiropractor Help Fix TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint is commonly known as TMJ. The joint between the skull and jaw is medically known as Temporomandibular Joint. Any medical issue or disorder at this joint can be very painful and sometimes intolerable. In many cases, the joint looks swollen from outside. There are various reasons indicated for this problem but on many occasions, the real cause of this pain may remain unknown. Ear popping while speaking or pains while eating are common symptom in this disease. However, with proper medication, the pain can be reduced temporarily. Doctors and experts often advise visiting a chiropractor to fix the issue. The question obviously arises can a Chiropractor help fix TMJ?

Can a Chiropractor Help Fix TMJ?

TMJ disorder is related to restricted joint movement with moderate to severe pain and popping sound in the ear while chewing or talking. Chiropractic can be immensely helpful in treating TMJ. People think that a chiropractor can only help in adjusting neck, spine, or muscle problems. In fact, they can provide necessary support for jaw problems as well. They show the processes to ease the pressure on the TMJ area, ease the pressure on the tissues and nerves, and ease the pressure on the skull.

The treatment plan of chiropractic treatment for TMJ would include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Advice on right posture
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Professional and therapeutic massage
  • Stretching exercises.

There are some effective and proven soft tissue treatments that a chiropractor may advise if necessary. Moreover, a chiropractor may suggest the following:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Changes in the diet for easy chewing and proper nutrition
  • Supplements for feeding the body with necessary nutrients
  • Cold packs or heat packs on the affected area
  • Appropriate exercises for the disorder to lessen the pain and ease the movement.

Hence, chiropractic is a good option for treating TMJ disorder; it is non-invasive, harmless, and effective. Even if the patient is on medicines, chiropractic can be tried.


Treatment for TMJ disorder varies depending on the condition. In some extreme situations like a fragmented joint, surgery may be needed. Chiropractors know different techniques to ease the tension or disorder in TMJ. Many individuals with this ailment need a regular visit to the doctor for treatment and care. However, consulting a chiropractor can help a patient with this problem get a permanent and affordable solution.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:November 1, 2018

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