Physiologic dentistry is a very effective approach to treating TMJ, but it’s not the only one. Often, chiropractors can help treat your TMJ to relieve symptoms like headaches.

Chiropractic and NUCCA Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is based on the philosophy that many of the illnesses we deal with on a daily basis are related to problems in the alignment or configuration of this spine. These misalignments are called subluxations. Poor spine alignment contributes to nerves that are pinched or pressured, which reduces or alters their functionality, thereby distorting the function of organs controlled by the nerves.

Since the spine is also the body’s core support structure, misalignment in the spine can also interfere with the body’s configuration, causing bones and organs to become misaligned, which can further cause pinching of peripheral nerves, pressure on organs, or restriction of blood flow through the body.

NUCCA chiropractic, short for National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, is a variant on chiropractic care that emphasizes the significance of subluxation of the topmost vertebra, known as the atlas, as a cause for a diverse array of health disorders.

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TMJ and Subluxation

The jaw and the neck are intimately intertwined. Neck muscles and jaw muscles work together to accomplish their individual functions as well as their joint function of supporting the head. For many people, misalignment in the jaw leads to disruption of the spinal column by pulling the neck vertebrae out of alignment, which can lead to compensatory mechanisms that cause subluxation of vertebrae throughout the spine, resulting in neck pain and other symptoms.

Other times, an injury or condition that causes subluxation of neck vertebrae can lead to jaw dysfunction.

Over time, the two conditions can become so intertwined that it’s hard to tell which caused which, but both conditions need to be treated individually to get good results.

Chiropractors and Physiologic Dentists Can Work Together

There are many good case studies in which chiropractors and dentists work together to achieve good results for people who have previously been unable to get relief from their headaches and other symptoms. Other times, people who think they need a chiropractor will actually benefit from physiologic dentistry treatment.

In either situation, if you’re looking for a chiropractor in Columbus, OH, you should also look for a physiologic dentist. To learn more about the benefits of physiologic dentistry in Columbus, OH, please call (614) 848-5001 for an appointment with a TMJ dentist at Firouzian Dentistry.