The jaw, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), can be the cause of significant discomfort for many people. Some common conditions that could be causing pain include arthritis in the joint, inflammation from a previous injury, or very tight muscles from clenching at night. Sometimes the pain is felt inside the jaw, but it can also travel into the neck, face, ear, teeth and can even disguise itself as a chronic headache.
An estimated 85% of the population will experience TMJ issues at some point in their lives and it appears to be more common in women than men.
- Jaw or facial pain
- Pain with chewing
- Clicking or grinding with movement
- Locking or catching when moving the jaw or opening wide
- Range of motion limited (ie. difficulty opening wide)
- Headache, earache and/or neck pain
Common treatments for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder or jaw pain include: night splints, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) , and surgery. Although night splints can help alleviate jaw pain in some individuals, others find that the pain persists or worsens. In addition, NSAIDs can lose their effectiveness over time and can have negative side effects. And a last resort, jaw surgery is quite invasive with no guarantee of results.
Cold Laser Therapy takes a different approach to solving jaw pain. While NSAIDs mask the pain, and night splints and surgery work to realign the jaw, Cold Laser Therapy works to break down internal scar tissue. It also helps to increase blood flow and decrease inflammation in the area. Furthermore, Cold Laser Therapy is a long term solution that is completely non-invasive, and has no risk of negative side effects.
Often times, what’s causing one’s jaw pain is inflammation and internal scar tissue adhesions in the joint and surrounding soft tissues. This can also cause tight and tender muscles.
Internal scar tissue is the body’s emergency cellular structure that responds to areas that have been overused or are inflamed. Over time, a build up of internal scar tissue in and around the temporomandibular joint can cause significant issues. For example, internal scar tissue can restrict joint mobility, and cause pain, inflammation, clicking, and other jaw issues. Cold Laser Therapy can help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder by breaking down this internal scar tissue, and reducing inflammation.Regenerates Muscle Tissue:
Transfers light energy to the affected cells of muscle, regenerating and strengthening damaged muscle tissue to prevent future injury.
Speeds up the body's natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.
Removes Internal Scar Tissue:
Inhibits and removes Internal Scar Tissue that naturally forms from injury or repetitive strain, causing discomfort and a delay in healing.
Helps damaged nerves to recover by growing the neural network and repairing vital insulation around the nerve.
Stimulates Blood Flow:
Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.
Visit our Cold Laser Therapy page to learn more about how the treatment works.