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Is aching facial pain or headaches from a TMJ disorder making your life unbearable? Chiropractic care from Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist Dr. Chris Michlin can help put you back in control. Dr. Michlin has been able to provide some patients with immediate pain relief. He effectively addresses the root causes of your pain without surgery or medication. This alternative approach to TMJ treatment in Fort Worth can help you return to living a full, active life without chronic pain. Dentists, who specialize in TMJ, often refer patients to Dr. Michlin, because of the successful results from Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic care.
TMJ is the shortened name for the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders can cause severe pain the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement. Common symptoms include pain or tenderness in the jaw, an aching pain in or around the ear, and difficulty chewing or experiencing pain while chewing. Some individuals with TMJ may also habitually clench the jaw or grind teeth or wake up to headache pain.
Persistent pain and tenderness in the jaw can compromise your quality of life and make simple activities, like eating a meal, feel impossible. TMJ pain will not simply “go away” over time. Without effective care, you could struggle with this pain for years to come. In severe cases, patients have even lost significant weight due to their inability to eat and pain while chewing food.
Conventional medical care relies on medications ranging from over-the-counter painkillers to muscle relaxants to relieve pain associated with TMJ disorders. Unfortunately, this “quick fix” solution can only cover up your pain and does not address the root cause. As soon as the medication wears off, your pain will return. Patients find themselves trapped in a Catch-22: pain relief from medication is fleeting and alternatives, like open joint surgery, are expensive and risky.
Dr. Michlin’s approach to TMJ treatment in Fort Worth is different from conventional care. Dr. Michlin addresses your TMJ pain by alleviating tension and dysfunction in the spine, starting with the Atlas vertebra. Like the top link in a chain, when the atlas vertebra is misaligned, the entire spinal column can be adversely impacted, including the cervical spine. You may experience pain in the neck, shoulders, and jaw. A misaligned atlas can directly affect the temporomandibular joint.
Trauma from an accident, including a minor fender bender, can adversely impact proper spinal alignment. When the atlas vertebra is out of alignment, the body will try to compensate by keeping the head directly over the center of the feet. In an attempt to maintain this level position, the rest of the spine is then thrown out of alignment. Repetitive microtraumas, including poor posture and bad sleeping habits, can exacerbate this misalignment and intensify your TMJ pain. Atlas orthogonal adjustments address imbalances in the spinal column by restoring correct alignment to the atlas vertebra.
For more information on how Atlas Orthogonal adjustments can address your TMJ pain, call 817.810.9111 to schedule a consultation with Certified Atlas Orthogonist Dr. Michlin.