Chiropractic Care and TMJ Dysfucntion - Part II: Treatment

  GENTLE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS AND SOFT TISSUE THERAPY CAN HELP RESTORE NORMAL FUNCTION AND BIOMECHANICS TO THE TMJ.

GENTLE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS AND SOFT TISSUE THERAPY CAN HELP RESTORE NORMAL FUNCTION AND BIOMECHANICS TO THE TMJ.

In last week’s post, we reviewed the anatomy of the temporomandiular joint and the pathophysiologies most commonly responsible for TMJ dysfunction. In today’s post, we will cover how chiropractic care can help to treat the pain and symptoms of this common condition.


Standard Care for TMJ Dysfunction

Standard medical care includes muscle relaxants and analgesics, night guards to prevent bruxism (teeth grinding), and dietary changes to softer foods. In more severe cases, orthodontic bite plates may be used. In the most extreme cases, surgery may be performed.

While extremes are necessary in some cases, chiropractic care in combination with dental care should be the first line of defense for relieve of the pain and symptoms of TMJD. ...Read More

Chiropractic Care and TMJ Dysfunction - Part I: Anatomy and Physiology

  CHIROPRACTIC CARE AIMS TO REINTRODUCE PROPER BIOMECHANICS THE TMJ THROUGH GENTLE MANIPULATION, MUSCLE WORK, AND HOMECARE EXERCISES.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE AIMS TO REINTRODUCE PROPER BIOMECHANICS THE TMJ THROUGH GENTLE MANIPULATION, MUSCLE WORK, AND HOMECARE EXERCISES.

To the surprise of some, chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for more than just back pain. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is just one of the many conditions for which chiropractic care can provide relief. The TMJ is one of the most used joints in the body, making it a common culprit of pain and dysfunction.

Anatomy of the TMJ

Located just in front of the ear, the temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint that connects the jaw to the skull. It is the joint responsible for moving the jaw up and down and side-to-side, allowing talking and chewing to occur.  The TMJ complex is comprised of many structures, including the mandible (jaw) and temporal bones, the sphenomandibular and lateral ligaments, a joint capsule, the masseter and pterygoid muscles, and an articular disc ...Read More

Canadian Soccer Star has a Future in Chiropractic

 common soccer injuries include ankle sprains, knee sprains including mcl, acl, and meniscus tears. chiropractors have excellent diagnosis and treatment plans for fast recovery and quick return to play.

common soccer injuries include ankle sprains, knee sprains including mcl, acl, and meniscus tears. chiropractors have excellent diagnosis and treatment plans for fast recovery and quick return to play.

Who is the player on the Canadian Women's Soccer team who is a chiropractor? Dr. Melissa Tancredi, Canada's Women's National Soccer Team forward, is a future Canadian practicing chiropractor. The Canada Women's National Soccer Team played excellent soccer while hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup across the country in Vancouver, Edmonton, Hamilton, and Montreal. The team drew tens of thousands of live supporters to their games, with individuals becoming household names, including Tancredi.

Tancredi has worked on her Doctorate of Chiropractic education, an intense 4 year program, over the past 8 years, while taking time off to play in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Her dedication to becoming a chiropractor was a full time job on its own; classroom times and clinical obligations easily hit 40 hours a week, not counting studying for course work and taking extracurricular credentials. Her dedication of taking time away from Canadian National team shows Tancredi's passion for chiropractic in Canada - a field that is still underused for diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, pregnancy care, and sports injuries.

Chiropractic and Active Release Technique for Sports Injuries

While much of the population looks at the chiropractic profession as strictly dealing with back pain, part of our role as chiropractors is to ... Read More

Chiropractic Care for Runners: Enhanced Performance, Faster Recovery

Why does it make sense to see a chiropractor after a marathon? Pain relief, reduction of stiffness, and increased mobility of the back, hips, and legs are just a few reasons that come to mind. While these are fairly obvious and well known benefits of chiropractic care, there is at least one more factor to consider; faster recovery through the reduction of inflammation. With North Vancouver being one of the most active communities in all of Canada, finding a knowledgeable North Shore chiropractor can compliment the training and recovery of marathon runners. 

Researcher Justin Crane, PhD, has extensively studied muscle recovery and has shown that physical medicine is clinically beneficial for reducing inflammation and promoting mitochondrial biogenesis – the cellular process that converts energy in the body. By using a muscle biopsy, Crane was able to look inside the cells and see a reduction in the inflammatory response after treatment. ...Read More

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Chiropractic and Ear Infections

Otitis media (OM), also known as middle ear infection, cases are constantly on the rise. In the United States, nearly 10 million cases of OM are diagnosed each year, accounting for 35% of all pediatrician visits. Ear infections account for around 3 billion dollars in health care costs and another 3 billion dollars in lost wages from taking time off work to care for little ones. With more and more complications related to antibiotic overuse and high failure rate of surgical tubes, parents are seeking alternatives. 

First, let’s be clear that chiropractic treatment will not cure otitis media. There is much debate about the role of a chiropractor’s involvement in the treatment of OM, and much of it is attributed to the claim of a cure. Once again, for clarity’s sake, chiropractic treatment will not cure ear infections.

However – and that is a big however – ...Read More.

Modified Sphinx: Mobilization for the Thoracic Spine

The modified sphinx mobilization is an easy exercise that can be performed daily to improve overall health by increasing strength, reducing stress, and allowing stretch. The majority of the population has developed spinal stiffness and an enhanced forward rounded curve in the upper back (the thoracic spine). Increased use of keyboards, texting, repetitive movements, and more sitting are some of the major culprits resulting in the loss of thoracic flexibility. Not only can this loss of movement result in local pain and tightness, but there are direct links to neck tension, headaches, and low back pain. The modified sphinx is an exercise ...Read More

Headaches: A Pain in the Neck! How Cervical Spine Dysfunction Can Cause Headaches and How Chiropractic Can Help

 

Headaches are one of the top pain-causing culprits. Nearly two-thirds of Canadian adults suffer from headache related pain. While some can be debilitating, over 99% of headaches are benign, or harmless. Of these benign headaches, most can be placed into one of three categories: cervicogenic headache, tension headache, and migraine headache. For each of these types of headaches, chiropractic care can be beneficial, even essential, for pain relief. ...Read More

Stress: Friend Not Foe

How many times have we heard that stress is bad for us? That we need to try this technique or that exercise in order to lower our stress? That there will be detrimental consequences to living with high levels of stress? 

For years, the negative side effects of stress have been hammered into our minds, over and over and over again. The general public is well aware of the physical and emotional side effects associated with stress; from cardiovascular disease to tense muscles to debilitating anxiety to irritable bowels, the adversities of stress have been incessantly exposed. Basically, we have been told that stress is a silent killer and that eliminating it is the only cure. ...Read More

4 Simple Hacks for Workplace Wellness

Life is busy. For many of us, the driving force behind the chaos is work. The modern workplace environment is a compilation of long hours and a lot of sitting. More often that not, seated postures involve slumped, slouched positions and little to no breaks and the long hours disenchant the thought of exercise or extracurricular activity. 

Recently, extended hours of sitting and inactivity have been linked to undesirable health effects. Some experts have even gone as far to say that sitting is the new smoking. Why? Because sitting for just a few hours a day has been linked to negative health outcomes, including ...Read more

Helping to Heal Abdominal Diastasis

A growing belly is one of the most apparent – and adorable – signs of pregnancy. Less obvious, though, is the potential damage of the expanding abdomen.

What is diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is the excessive separation of structures of the anterior abdominal wall. To accommodate for a developing baby, pregnancy hormones soften the muscles and connective tissue of the abdominal wall to make them more pliable. Stretching causes these structures to widen and thin, weakening them. As pressure from the uterus increases, the vulnerable structures ... Read More.

Cracking Chiropractic Myths

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There are many misconceptions when it comes to chiropractic care. For many years, animosity existed between chiropractic and other medical professions and this animosity perpetuated many misguided views. While the dichotomy between professions is dying, many of the myths about chiropractic are not. Chiropractic care is safe and effective and the following exposes and explains 10 myths of the practice.

MYTH #1: ONCE YOU START GOING TO A CHIROPRACTOR, YOU HAVE TO GO FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

TRUTH:
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