TMJ, Jaw Pain, Jaw Ache, Facial Pain, Face PainWhat is TMJ?

The letters TMJ stand for temporomandibular joint disorder. This is a combination of symptoms that include tenderness and pain in the muscles that we use to chew. Also, there is pain in the jaw joint, known as the temporomandibular joint, and many other spots along the neck and head.

A person experiencing TMJ frequently has a history of stress and difficulty sleeping. The pain is generally more severe in the morning. When the jaw moves, it can be accompanied by catching, popping, clicking, and grinding. This can lead to deviated or restricted motion when opening or closing the mouth.

Dentist and orthodontists usually are sought out for relief care. Such professionals provide help by trying to change the person’s bite. When seeking a medical doctor’s advice, they suggest relieving TMJ with drugs or surgery.

What Really Works?

The Upper Cervical Research Foundation has done some exciting new research that shows a dramatic improvement in patients with TMJ. This is accomplished by using a natural approach, with no drugs or surgery involved. In this particular study, patients that presented with jaw pain or temporomandibular joint disorder were sent for an upper cervical evaluation. They received care over an eight week period, and all were happy to report a dramatic improvement in their symptoms of TMJ.

Using the 0-10 pain scale (10 being the worst pain imaginable), the average jaw pain before relief care fell at right around 5.9. After the eight weeks of upper cervical care, the average dropped as low as 0.9. This was a huge improvement! There have been many tests done over the years that show a definite connection between the upper neck area and jaw pain.

A trained upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Dublin, California, focuses on realigning the position of the neck related to the head and, therefore, the jaw. This results in a lessening of pain and symptoms related to TMJ. Upper cervical spinal care is a gentle, safe, precise, and extremely effective way to deal with TMJ. Why not call Dr. Pritchett today to see if you can get some relief from your pain?

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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Expert trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at