TMJ Disorder Specialist

Body of Beverly Hills Wellness

Chiropractor & Massage Therapist located in Carthay Circle, Los Angeles, CA

You may have a mild case of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder that doesn’t cause symptoms. Most patients, however, experience chronic pain that affects their ability to chew and talk. Michael Kaliko, DC, and the team at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness in the Carthay Circle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, offer integrative treatment for TMJ disorder that helps heal soft tissue injuries and restore your jaw’s natural alignment. To get relief from jaw pain, request an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a team member today.

TMJ Disorder Q&A

What does it mean to have TMJ disorder?

Your two temporomandibular joints are located on each side of your face, where your lower jaw meets your skull. The TMJ joints open and close your mouth, and they also slide, allowing your jaw to move from side to side.

The bones inside each TMJ are covered in cartilage and separated by a small disc, allowing them to move smoothly. TMJ disorder occurs when any problem affects one or both joints, but the condition most often occurs when:

  • Arthritis damages cartilage
  • One or both discs degenerate or move out of alignment
  • A blow or another injury damages the joint

A misaligned jaw and teeth-grinding also contribute to TMJ disorder.

What symptoms develop if I have TMJ disorder?

You may notice a clicking sound when you open and close your mouth. However, that doesn’t always mean you have a TMJ disorder. TMJ problems typically cause:

  • Pain in your jaw or temporomandibular joints
  • Pain around your ear
  • Pain when chewing
  • Facial pain
  • Grating sensation when using the TMJ

In severe cases, your joint may lock, making it hard to open or close your mouth.

How do chiropractors treat TMJ disorder?

Your initial visit begins with a thorough evaluation to verify if your TMJ pain originates in the joint or represents pain that’s referred from elsewhere in your body. Problems that originate in your neck, face, and head can cause pain that you feel in your TMJ.

The team at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness specializes in integrative care for TMJ disorder, offering a variety of therapies that stimulate healing, reduce inflammation, and relieve your pain.

These are a few examples of treatment you may receive for TMJ disorder:

  • Gentle mandibular manipulation
  • Neck adjustment
  • Cranial facial release
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Facial cupping

In some cases, your provider at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness may determine that your TMJ is associated with severe jaw misalignment. While the therapies available at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness can still help relieve pain and inflammation, you may need orthodontic treatment.

To get relief from jaw pain, call Body of Beverly Hills Wellness, or request an appointment online.