Jaw Dislocation And Chiropractic Care

Here is another one of my favorite patient stories from this past year.

This as written by a teenaged girl….

“One morning I went to yawn and extended my mouth open a little too much. My jaw got locked open and after 20 minutes of massaging my mouth and attempting to close it ourselves, we decided to call the chiropractor.

Normally I see Dr Lynne, however she wasn’t in. Dr Brad said to come in as soon as possible. He did an initial attempt to close my mouth, however there was too much swelling at the joints for him to continue.

He sent me home with an ice pack, instruction on what to do, and to come back that afternoon. After several hours at home icing, we went back to see Dr Brad. He was able to manipulate my jaw and get the right side back in place.

He advised we ice and wait another half an hour before he went back into my mouth. After that, he was able to get the left side unlocked. He gave advice on what I could drink, how to prevent this from happening again and shared his ideas as to what this could’ve been caused from (tech-neck).

I don’t know what I would’ve done without him!”

Jaw dislocation can be a very frightening thing. You cannot speak, chew food, it’s very difficult to swallow and you can imagine it can be very quite painful.

Problems with the TMJ or jaw joint are a very common side effect of forward head posture or tech-neck. Most kids have been interacting with technology from a very early age which is one of the major causes of tech-neck.

And this stress on the jaw all through those developmental years can result in jaw problems such as this young lady experienced.

So parents, please remind your kids that when they are interacting with technology of any kind (cell phone, tablet, computer etc.), they always have eyes up, chin up and they are looking directly ahead at the screen.

This will take a whole lot of stress off of the jaw joints.


Signs and symptoms there are issues with your TMJ;
  1. headaches on one or both temples.
  2. your jaw clicks with or without pain when chewing.
  3. difficulty fully opening your mouth.
  4. the chin deviates to one side or the other when opening your mouth.
  5. your jaw locks shut on occasion.
  6. full dislocation in the wide-open position.

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