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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013

Crack, Click, Pop!

 Taking a nice big yawn, and tired of hearing that
CrAcK, click, POP?
Does your jaw constantly hurt or feel like it’s been locked out of place?  Do you get headaches, earaches, or have a hard time simply chewing your food?  Then you probably have a common disorder called TMD.
TMD (commonly know as TMJ or TMJD) is a painful disorder that effects the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull.
The clicking noise occurs when part of your jaw bone is not in the proper fitted position. As you open your mouth, and the bone passes over the ridge, it will cause a click or pop when your jaw locks.
The grinding or crunching noises occur when there is bone on bone contact within the joint. If the articular disk is completely out of place or has worn through, the jawbone will move on its hinge, but in direct contact with the skull. Ouch!
Although TMD is the second most commonly occurring musculoskeletal condition resulting in pain and disability, only about half of the people with TMD will seek treatment. Most people think that they either have to simply suffer through the pain of TMD or go through the emotional and financial stress of surgery. It’s not true!  
Chiropractic care for the your TMJ disorder can ease pain by correcting the misalignment between your spine and nervous system. Chiropractic can be effective at reducing your pain associated with your TMD because rather than changing your diet or modifying your teeth, it naturally relaxes your muscles, adjusts your joints and uses specific trigger points to accurately re-position your jaw. When done successfully, Chiropractic will not only relieve your pain in the short run, but it can actually help prevent your TMD pain from returning!
USE MOIST HEAT: Moist heat from a heat pack or a hot water bottle wrapped in a warm, moist towel can improve function and reduce pain.
ICE IT: Icing your jaw for 10-15 can decrease inflammation and also numb pain and promote healing.
ENJOY A SOFT DIET: Eating soft or blended foods allow the jaw to rest temporarily. Don’t stretch your jaw for foods like corn on the cob or apples!
EXERCISE YOUR JAW: Slow, gentle jaw exercises may help increase jaw mobility.
RELAX: Deep, slow breathing enhances relaxation and can help reduce pain. Some find yoga, massage and meditation helpful in reducing stress and aiding relaxation.
SIDE SLEEP: Try sleeping on your side with a pillow for support between your shoulder and neck.
GUIDE YOUR YAWN: Use your fist to support your chin as you yawn to prevent damage to the joint and to prevent your jaw from locking open.
Do you know someone else who suffers from TMD?  Forward this along!
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