symptoms of temporomandibular (jaw) dysfunction (aka TMJ or TMD) are highly
varied and can comprise one or more of the following: pain with chewing or at
rest in the joint area, clicking or popping of the joint, open or close locking
of the jaw, tooth or teeth pain (mimicking cavities or infection), facial and/or
neck pain, headaches, tinnitis (ringing in the ears), and hypobaroacusis (stuffy
ear with or without decreased hearing).
IUCCA UPPER CERVICAL CARE RELATES TO TMJ DYSFUNCTION
of the primary causes of TMD is trauma
(motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, dental
Restoration of normal temporomandibular joint
(TMJ) function must be made via normalization
of neurological control over the muscles that
govern the TMJ. Abnormal neural input from the
central nervous system due to upper cervical joint
dysfunction (from traumatic injury) can result
in abnormal TMJ muscle coordination. Following
the trauma to the upper cervical spine and temporomandibular
joint, symptoms can be triggered immediately or
can take months or years to develop.
purpose of IUCCA upper cervical chiropractic care
is to reverse the trauma-induced upper neck injury;
thereby reducing irritation to the nerves in the
brain stem and spinal cord that control neuromuscular
function in the face and jaw. While many TMD sufferers
recall specific traumas such as head injuries,
auto accidents or falls, some do not. An upper
cervical examination utilizing Laser-aligned
Radiography and Digital
Infrared Imaging is
necessary in each individual's case to assess
whether an upper cervical injury is present and
whether benefit from IUCCA upper cervical care
can be achieved.
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