Laser for TMJ

If your jaw pain is not responding to manual therapies including stretching and exercises, you may be a great candidate for laser therapy.  Because of the complexity of the joint with its hinging and sliding action, it is not always a good idea to try manual adjusting.  Laser therapy is very safe and does not involve any mechanical force on the jaw.  It uses specific wavelengths of light energy to penetrate into the tissue and stimulate the cells which speeds up the healing in the area.  I usually direct this therapy right into the TMJ itself, and often use it on the surrounding muscles as well.  One great benefit of the laser therapy is the wide range of tissues that it will help to improve: bone, capsule, ligament, tendon, muscle, and even nerve tissue to a lesser extent.  Manual muscle stretching can help, as I mentioned in the last post, but it is also quite painful. Laser is painless, quick and easy.  For jaw pain, most patients will feel a difference in only a few visits – and the results can be long lasting.  Laser therapy does help with pain relief, but it does this through tissue healing not just dulling the sensation.  I guess you could say that the pain relief is a “side effect” of the treatment!

If you have jaw pain that is not going away, make sure you try laser therapy before you do anything more invasive and risky.  It might just be your golden ticket to pain relief!

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