Physical Therapy for TMJ
Most cases of TMJ involve considerable muscle tension. Although an oral appliance can dramatically reduce your muscle tension, sometimes physical therapy helps, too.
A physical therapist can massage your muscles in your jaw, head, neck, and shoulders to provide relief. They can move your jaw so you release tension in the area. In fact, a physical therapist can often teach you techniques to relax your jaw on your own, improving your long-term relief.
Chiropractic Care for TMJ
Chiropractic care can help align your vertebrae, which might be pulled out of alignment by an imbalanced jaw. This can provide long-term relief from many TMJ symptoms.
However, treatment by a chiropractor might not give long-lasting results if your jaw is not properly aligned. An imbalanced jaw can pull vertebrae out of alignment again, causing symptoms to return.
If treatment by your chiropractor gives only short-term relief, you should be tested for TMJ.
Counseling for TMJ
Many TMJ sufferers are sensitive to the suggestion that they see a counselor for TMJ. They might have been told that their symptoms are psychosomatic or other implications that the symptoms are “imaginary.” We would never say that. We know your symptoms are real and need real treatment.
But psychological conditions are real, too. And they need real treatment. In particular, many TMJ sufferers find that high stress levels exacerbate their condition. There are also unconscious habits that can be bad for your TMJ. Counseling can help you manage stress and control damaging habits. This can support and improve other treatment methods like oral appliance therapy.
A Team Approach to TMJ Treatment
TMJ is a very complicated condition. Sometimes it requires complicated treatment by multiple health professionals. At Bite Align, we are prepared to work as part of your treatment team, including physical therapists, chiropractors, counselors, and other doctors.
If you are looking for a TMJ dentist to join your treatment team in Fort Atkinson or anywhere in Jefferson County, please call (920) 563-7323 today for an appointment with Dr. Stafford.