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Jaw Pain (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders)


  jaw pain relief



Symptoms of TMJ dusfunction (jaw)

  • Ear pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Temple / cheek pain
  • Jaw popping / clicking
  • Jaw dislocation

The Temperomandibular joints (TMJs), or the jaw joints, are made up of the Temporal bone of the skull and the Mandible, or lower jaw. TMJ disorders involve ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. The TMJs move when we chew, talk, or even swallow. They are probably the most used joint in the body.

Injury and tension can often cause these joints to become misaligned. Jaw/head/neck pain and chronic headaches are common with TMJ disorders.


Research Information

Subject: Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.
Title: Chiropractic Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders Using the Activator Adjusting Instrument: A Prospective Case Series
Reference: James w. DeVocht, DC, PhD,a Cynthia R. Long, PhD,b Deborah L. Zeitler, DDS,c and Walter Schaeffer, DCd JMPT 2003; 26(7): 421-425

Objective: To determine if there was a basis for the treatment of Temporomandibular disease (TMD) using the chiropractic protocol developed by Activator Methods, International.

Setting: Private, solo practice of an Activator advanced proficiency rated chiropractor with 15 years experience.

Design: Prospective case series.
Participants: Nine adult volunteers with articular TMD recruited from the practice of the treating clinician.

Main Outcome Measures: Change from baseline to follow-up of Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and maximum active mouth opening without pain.

Interventions: Full spine and TMJ adjusting in accordance with the advanced protocol of Activator Methods, International. Participants were typically seen 3 times per week for 2 weeks and according to individual progress thereafter for 6 more weeks.

Results: Eight participants completed outcome assessments. The median VAS decrease was 45 mm (range 21-71); all experienced improvement. The median increase of mouth opening was 9 mm (range 1-15); all showed improvement.

Conclusion: The results of this prospective case series indicated that the TMD symptoms of these participants improved following a course of treatment using the Activator Methods International protocol. Consequently, further investigation of this type of chiropractic treatment for patients with the articular type of TMD is warranted. (1 Manipulative Physiol Ther 2003;26:421-5)

Key Indexing Terms: Temporomandibular Disorder; Temporomandibular Joint; Chiropractic Manipulation
a Assistant Professor, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Davenport, Iowa, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Iowa Spine Research Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
b Associate Professor, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, has been conducted by ECRI, formerly the Emergency Care Davenport, Iowa. Research Institute, an independent nonprofit health services.
c Professor, Hospital Dentistry Institute, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa.
d Private practice of chiropractic, Coralville, Iowa.

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Disclaimer: The information listed is only to be used as a guide, and does not necessarily apply to all patients. Proper diagnosis and management can only be assessed by your Chiropractor.

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