TMJ or temporomandibular joint is your jaw joint. It connects the lower jaw (Mandible) to the skull. Symptoms can be pain, restriction, or trouble moving the jaw, and/or noises during opening or closing. There are thought to be many different causes of TMJD with the most common being, Bruxism (night grinding), occlusal issue (how your teeth line up), and degenerative joint disease. KCR can help with jaw pain however we also work closely with a local dentist that specializes in TMJ related issues to make sure you are fully taken care of.
How KCR can help!
At Kalamazoo Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, you will be taken through a thorough medical history and full body assessment to make sure you receive a proper diagnosis. In most cases, treatment will begin on your first visit once we decide that conservative care (i.e. without the use of surgery, drugs, or injections) is right for you.
A majority of muscle, joint, and nerve pain can be resolved quickly -within days to weeks- with a proper movement assessment and treatment strategy. If your pain changes while moving, this is typically a sign that movement can help resolve your current problems.
Dr. Kopp uses a combination of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Method) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to assess and treat both the jaw pain and the function of the neck, shoulder, and ribcage to take the excess pressure off of the jaw.
Once we have found a movement or movements that decrease your symptoms and improve how your body is functioning, you are on the way to living life the way you want! If your condition is something we are unable to treat in the office, Dr. Kopp will know within the first few visits. He will then recommend the correct medical provider that can find a solution for you.