Osteopathy for Jaw Pain in Surrey
Jaw pain can be caused due to a multitude of reasons. It usually originates from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The visible symptoms of jaw pain might represent a much more complex and layered set of issues. Osteopathy can provide you with insight regarding your jaw pain and help in your recovery.
But before we talk about the benefits Osteopathy can provide, we need to talk about what causes jaw pain.
Causes behind Jaw Pain
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) attaches the jaw to the head. Dysfunctions in this joint can create aches ranging from mild to severe. It can create difficulties in eating, drinking and talking. There can be several reasons behind TMJ dysfunctions, some of which are listed below.
Also known as teeth grinding, Bruxism is essentially the habit of clenching your teeth consciously (when you are awake) or unconsciously (usually when you are asleep). Anxiety, anger issues, stress, excessive caffeine, or smoking can contribute to Bruxism. Too much teeth-grinding can cause extreme TMJ pain and eventually lead to the decay of teeth.
This is a condition where the two sets of teeth fit in such a way that places additional stress on the jaw and additional structures. This often leads to Bruxism itself, hence extreme jaw pain, along with neck and shoulder tension.
This is a long-term autoimmune condition resulting from the immune system attacking healthy tissues and joints, resulting in inflammation, stiffness, and ache. RA usually attacks hands and wrists, but it can also severely impact the jaw.
Many people spend long intervals at the office hunched over a computer in a posture that puts a substantial amount of strain on their shoulders, neck, head and surrounding muscles. This can have a negative impact on the TMJ.
Dental procedures such as extractions and root canals can affect your jaw adversely. Other factors such as recurring ear infections, chewing excessive gum, and nail-biting can also contribute to the TMJ issues.
Osteopathic Solutions to Jaw Pain
We have to understand some of the typical symptoms of problems with the TMJ:
- Localised jaw pain, headaches, earaches
- Neck pain and stiffness, difficulty in opening mouth
- Clicking or popping noise in the joints
- Dizziness, numbness in the chin
TMJ is a part of the musculoskeletal system and can be treated with the help of various osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths would take an intensive case history and undertake assessments to reach a diagnosis first. They can then better understand the nature of the issue since jaw pain symptoms develop gradually over time.
Osteopathic treatment and, at times, in conjunction with dentistry, speech pathology, occupational therapy, and orthodontists can reap great long-term benefits for your jaw. As we have already established in the previous section, stress and anxiety often happen to be some of the most significant contributors to the issues with TMJ. Gentle osteopathic treatment can help reduce jaw pain, realignment of the jaw, reduction in muscle tightness, and combined with stress management exercises, such as mindfulness, can also help address the root cause of your issues.
Osteopathy can help your body restore the jaw’s function and alignment by treating the adjacent muscles’ complex system, connective tissue and joints.
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