Millions of Americans have some form of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), a group of disorders that impact the jaw joint. The joint that connects your jaw to your temporal bone is called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When it becomes compromised, it may lead to discomfort, pain, and sleep problems. If you or someone you know suffers from jaw pain, you may want to learn about the benefits sleep therapy has to offer.
Sleep Therapy for TMJ
Many people with TMJ disorders grind their teeth or experience stiffness and pain during the night. As a result, they may frequently wake up, struggle to fall asleep, or otherwise experience a diminished quality of rest. Since TMJ often impacts the head, neck, and shoulders, it can also block the airways and inhibit nighttime breathing. If untreated, the problems may exacerbate and remain for a lifetime.
Often, those with TMJ can experience better sleep and diminished symptoms with help from therapy. A dentist can prescribe a TMJ appliance, which will need to be custom fitted to the patient’s mouth. The appliance helps restore the jaw to its optimal positioning, which will help relax the muscles in the head and neck. As a result of the loosened muscles and joints, the airways expand, allowing even, unrestricted breathing during the night. The therapy can improve your overall quality of sleep as well as reduce pain and discomfort all day long.
Since the patient is dynamic and always changing, kinesiological chiropractic treatment will enhance the changes directed by the appliance. Dr. Askinasi can then help determine when those changes would best serve your treatment.
If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, it’s time to seek the relief you need. Trusted chiropractic orthopedist, Joseph K. Askinasi, DC, DABCO, provides sleep therapy services that help those living with TMJ manage and combat their condition. Based in Rye, NY, the chiropractor also offers a range of corrective exercises to treat sleep apnea, back and neck pain, and headaches. For more information about the practice, visit their website. To schedule an appointment, call a helpful professional today at (914) 481-4692.