TMJ Syndrome and Your Osteopathic Doctor
Many people feel pain as a result of having TMJ or the inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. Many are suffering from TMJ but only a few understand that causes and the treatment options that are available. Although many people are suffering from TMJ, most of them are unaware of what causes the condition and what treatments are available to them. It is the Doctor of Osteopathy who is a specialist in TMJ and if you want to know more about it and have your condition treated, then you should visit one. If you visit an osteopathic doctor, you should make sure to ask the questions that have been lingering in your mind for a while.
Knowledge of TMJ will help patients understand their treatment options. The connection between your upper and lower parts of your jaw is called the temporomandibular joint. A malfunctioning of the joint can cause a person pain. You can sometimes hear a pop when this happens and at other times you feel that you jaw is locked. Some causes of this misaligned joint is teeth grinding, poor posture, or impact injuries. You can mistake pain caused by TMJ for headaches or ear infections. A proper diagnosis of this condition can only be given by a trusted medical professional.
In order to treat medical problems, the practice of osteopathy uses physical manipulation of the bones and muscles. Doctors of osteopathy are licensed medical doctors who have attended medical school. There are osteopathic doctors that take a holistic approach to medicine. Holistic approach means that the wellbeing of a patient is approached from every aspect. They don’t only address the specific medical issues, but also look to the nutritional habits, live style choices and exercise regimen to work toward an effective treatment goal. In order to alleviate symptoms, massage and cranial manipulation is used by the doctor of osteopathy for those who suffer from TMJ.
There are few different methods to relieve the pain caused by TMJ. If you grind your teeth while sleeping, then you could use a mouth guard to prevent this. Using techniques that relieve tension can help relive TMJ that is caused by stress. To gently reset the joint, doctors of osteopathy use massage and cranial manipulation, and spinal manipulation is used to encourage better posture to help set the joint correctly.
Doctors of osteopathy attempt to solve medical issues without surgery. These doctors only tend to address factors such as nutrition, lifestyle choices, and stress. Massage and skeletal manipulation are better treatment options for many. Surgery is only required for TMJ treatment in extreme cases. Most doctors of osteopathy don’t recommend surgery and this is why it is interesting to know a doctor’s philosophy on surgery.
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