I ran across this article regarding TMJ: http://chriskresser.com/jaw-pain-3-little-known-causes-of-tmj/ I found it very interesting because it challenges a lot of the current thinking about TMJ and it’s causes. In uncommon cases, TMJ can be caused by whiplash. However, more often than not is just “shows up” one day to take a patient by surprise.
As a functional medicine practitioner, I know that rarely do health challenges just “show up”. Usually (not always, but usually), if we look at the whole person i.e. diet, lifestyle, stress, exercise, injuries, the mystery can be solved. The TMJ article points to hormone imbalances, stress, and even irregular sleep patterns as possible causes of this painful condition. Chiropractic care and acupuncture can help with relief and together we can come up with a plan for a permanent cure by looking all the factors effecting your health.
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