Treatment for Temporomandibular Joint Pain (Philip J Hehir DC)
Some of you may be surprised to learn that our clinic sees more than just back or neck pain.
A frequent condition we see is jaw pain – medically referred to as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
TMD is a common condition characterised by pain, and sometimes clicking, on opening of the jaw, usually on one side. Headaches, toothaches, limited range of movement of the jaw can also occur.
I want you now to swallow.
What happens during this process?
We approximate our teeth and, in so doing, mobilise our jaw.
When you realise that this process takes place approximately 2,400 times per day, it is not difficult to imagine that the temporomandibular joint is the most highly used joint in the body. As it is involved in swallowing, talking, biting and chewing, it is no wonder that a troublesome jaw can be a painful and frustrating problem.
The jaw joint is made up of the mandible (the real jaw bone) and the outer side of the skull, called the temporal bone.
If you place your fingers just 1cm in front of your ear, they will be on the temporomandibular joint. Then slowly open and close your mouth as far as you can. Ideally you should feel a symmetrical movement that is taking place under your fingers and the movement should be pain-free. However, if you suffer from TMD, when you open and close your mouth you may notice that one jaw joint moves before the other one; that it clicks; or that it is sore or even painful.
Apart from trauma to the joint itself, bruxism (or grinding of one’s teeth) seems to be the biggest causative factor in the development of TMD.
The jaw itself is controlled by powerful muscles. Bruxism causes over or under-activation of certain muscle groups and restriction of the jaw joint itself, which over time results in pain and headaches.
In order to secure the best outcome, your chiropractor will use specific muscle and joint mobilisation techniques with a view to restoring better mechanical function. This, in turn, will reduce pain. Exercises and advice will then be given to prevent recurrence of the problem.
If you think you are suffering from TMD, you do not have to learn to live with it. Something can be done about it!
Our Guildford Chiropractors see patients who have suffered with this debilitating condition for years and, with hindsight, regret they had not received treatment sooner.
For further information please visit To Your Health.
Strictly Come Back Pain (Andy Hewitt DC)
It’s capable of hauling you around for years on end with no more than an occasional grumble after slumping too long in front of “Strictly.”
Being the custodian of your spinal cord is a heady job.
Would you want to protect the nervous system as it leaves the brain to connect with the rest of the body?
It’s no mean feat when you consider the spine is made up of 22 articulating vertebrae with spinal nerves exiting out of holes on the side at each level. These connect your brain with all parts of your body although judging from “Strictly” this isn’t always the case.
So a wobbly pile of bony articulating blocks somehow manages to do its job for years upon end with barely a grumble. It begs the question how on earth do we ever get beyond the first year of life without complete spinal meltdown?
The aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus would be chuffed to bits if they managed the same incredible levels of reliability as the spine. They have scheduled servicing and parts that get replaced after a certain number of hours regardless (sometimes sooner if it’ a Boeing).
So next time you’re out on the dance floor strutting a paso doble or cobbling together a slightly shoddy rumba, think of your spine.
Think about what a fabulous job it does and how we so often take our wonderful bodies for granted.
If your back has been niggling more than normal, pop it into see us at Guildford Chiropractic Centre for a service (no replacements possible).
Get a tune up and get those problems resolved before they escalate. So that next time you go out on to the dance floor to “bust some moves” as my kids call it, your body is better prepared.
Throw on some sequins, get out there dance like a hairy biker and, at the very least you’ll be having fun and that’s got to be good for you.
The story begins with a telephone call,
From the wife of a man who’s had a big fall.
A reluctant husband, hates people like me,
She’s insisted he come, what harm could it be?
Later that day through the door he crawled,
In absolute agony, on the floor he sprawled.
Screaming in pain, the other patients looked on;
Rather him not me, wouldn’t wish it upon.
Calming him down with a packet of ice,
Slow down the swelling, make it feel nice.
He sat in the chair, grumbled through it all
As I sat and listened about his big fall.
Turns out this was the tip of the iceberg,
It’s been two years he’s been out of work!
He was then examined and referred for an x-ray,
To look for damage and signs of spinal decay.
An extra bone he had on the base of his spine,
With its own fused joint on the right hand side.
I drafted up a plan to help get him well,
Get back to work and get out of this hell.
Through unique hands on treatment, exercise and diet
We were able to make that back pain go quiet.
As time went by and what I saw him achieve,
He regained his hope and something to believe.
By two months he was moving and totally pain free,
Regained a sense of humour and very happy.
“I wish I’d seen you sooner, shouldn’t have left it this long,
I can’t wait to go to work, now I’m this strong”
So yet another satisfied patient, all full of life.
Wasn’t all about him, don’t forget his dear wife.
A happier family, lives no longer out of whack.
“Thank you so much, for giving my husband back”.
Pot Holes Of Back Pain (Philip J Hehir DC)
Last week I was driving down one of our beautiful Surrey country roads. Lovely as they can be, they can be abundant with pot holes and rocks which really irritate the wheels of my car. Just as any luck would have it, I had a flat tyre by the time I reached home. Brilliant.
Off I went to the mechanic to have my tyres changed.
As with most motoring costs, the bill is usually more than you’d expect.
After quoting me on a some new tyres (wasn’t just the punctured one that needed replacing) the mechanic asked me that for an extra £40 he could check my wheel alignment and adjust it, if necessary.
My initial thought was, have you not taken enough already?
This man was in luck however, because as a chiropractor, I totally appreciate the importance of good alignment.
You see without the wheel alignment being checked my car would have quite comfortably driven off without any worries, for now at least. The tyres would however wear out much faster had the wheels not been straightened. My car just wouldn’t work at it’s best.
The spine can behave a bit like this. A joint that doesn’t sit well within it’s socket maybe ok for now, or it may be just a little achey, but it won’t be able to work at it’s optimum. And just like the tyres, will wear out prematurely.
The pot holes that cause back pain in your life include:
If you haven’t had your spine serviced or checked in a while, come and visit one of our Guildford Chiropractors.
We’ve been doing this for 60 years.
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