When it comes to the pain of TMJ dysfunction, some people are willing to go really far to find relief. Whether it be pain pills or surgeries that don’t have the best success rate, modern medicine often fails to meet the expectations of patients. For this reason, more and more people are taking a natural approach. However, be forewarned that not all natural means of finding relief are equal. We’re going to take a closer look at two alternative ways to counteract TMJ problems.
What Is Cupping? Does It Really Help?
You may actually be familiar with cupping, a form of vacuum therapy, since during the summer Olympics, Michael Phelps was shown receiving this type of therapy to relieve muscles between performances. However, if you have ever seen the practice performed in its more archaic form (as was depicted in a season of The Amazing Race), it can be painful, and it can leave dark red bruises.
Interestingly enough, when massage magazine was making suggestions to cupping practitioners on how to care for TMJ dysfunction, it mentioned the fact that TMJ problems are often related to soft-tissue problems in the upper neck and that attention should be focused there. This brings me to another natural alternative—one that is pain and bruising-free.
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Upper Cervical Chiropractic for TMJ Dysfunction
The fact is that the alignment of the atlas (C1 vertebra) at the top of the spine can play a major role in jaw function. When this bone is out of alignment, the soft-tissue of the upper cervical spine moves to compensate. As a result, the temporomandibular joint can be affected. The result may be pain, a clicking sound, or limited range of motion.
If you are suffering from TMJ dysfunction, seeing an upper cervical chiropractic is a great way to potentially relieve pain in the long-term rather than just providing a temporary fix. It is a painless and natural solution. Why not give it a try before seeking more drastic measures of care.
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