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TMJ Disorder Care in Oakdale

woman touching painful jawDo you suffer from jaw clicking, popping or pain, or frequent headaches? Is it difficult to chew your food comfortably? If yes, you likely are experiencing TMJ disorder. While most people recognize chiropractic as being effective for back and neck pain, many people don’t realize that chiropractors also can work on the jaw.

But Why Shouldn’t I Just Go to the Dentist?

A dentist would treat TMJ disorder with splints or appliances. While these can be beneficial, some people don’t get good results. That’s because there’s a cervical spine component that’s not taken into account. Some TMJ specialists will recommend surgery, which is not only invasive but potentially risky.

How Our Approach Is Different

First, it’s important to know that there’s a neurological and a mechanical connection between the TMJ and the cervical spine (the neck). If there’s a problem in the cervical spine, it can manifest itself as a TMJ problem. Likewise, if there’s a problem with the jaw, it can manifest itself as a neck problem. If you don’t address both sides (the neck and the jaw) at the same time, you may miss something and the problem won’t correct.

A conservative chiropractic approach has been successful for many patients. Like other chiropractic issues, TMJ disorders require that some work be done upfront to get certain areas realigned and rearranged. Once that takes place, maintenance is necessary to keep things aligned.
  • Relieves pain
  • Is a noninvasive approach
  • No medication is needed
  • Enables more comfortable chewing
Does chiropractic care for TMJ disorder hurt?

No, not at all. The maneuvers we use are a traction type movement, so there’s no push or thrust associated with it. We can use the Activator® adjusting instrument, which uses light force on the neck. Other gentle techniques can be used on the neck. We’ll always ensure you’re comfortable.

Can chiropractic help every type of TMJ disorder?

If you have tearing in the disc and joint, then an approach other than chiropractic will be needed.

Will insurance cover TMJ disorder care?

Insurance will cover the chiropractic care used to address your TMJ disorder.

Book an Appointment

You don’t have to put up with discomfort or pain in your jaw. Contact Parkview Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule an appointment for TMJ disorder care Oakdale.


TMJ Disorder Care Oakdale, Lake Elmo MN | (651) 578-8588