TMJD- temporomandibular joint dysfunction and how we can help

Jaw pain also called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) is a common complaint that we see here at Yost Family Chiropractic. The symptoms of jaw dysfunction can vary from jaw pain, headaches, neck pain, tooth soreness, or in extreme cases even clicking, popping and locking of the jaw. People who suffer from chronic jaw pain can have one or even a collection of the above symptoms. There are many causes for jaw pain. Your jaw is a moving, working joint and because of that it can also become misaligned, causing you pain that requires an adjustment to fix. Another common cause that affects people is prolonged anterior head posture such as looking at computer screens or even phone screens for long periods of time. This can overload the small muscles in the front and back of the neck, which leads to tension traveling into the muscles surrounding the jaw. Proper posture is key when it comes to proper TMJ function. Getting your subluxations regularly corrected as well as doing a few simple stretches every day at home can help with any jaw or neck pain you may be having. We also treat TMJD with acupuncture here in the office. The jaw is a complicated joint and it is extremely important that is treated correctly. Prevention is an important part of the treatment of jaw pain. Identifying and removing triggers that lead to jaw clenching and addressing and correcting overall posture imbalances can really help those that suffer from daily jaw pain. I have attached a photo showing some simple jaw exercises to do at home that will help maintain jaw placement following a TMJ correction.  If you have any questions or are interested in getting your jaw checked, give us a call at 515-278-9678!

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Can your neck be the reason your’e not sleeping?

The inability to sleep also known as insomnia is a very common problem in the world today. Sleep seems to be something a lot of people struggle with, some cant get to sleep, or stay asleep, or even when you do get enough hours of sleep you wake up feeling tired. There are a lot of factors that can contribute to insomnia, but today I wanted to touch on how your spine and nervous system are involved and how we as chiropractors can help you. The vagus nerve is primarily responsible for putting you into a state of rest and relaxation, healing and recovery. The vagus nerve exits the spinal cord at the level of C1 (or atlas) bone. When that bone is subluxated or out of place, it can put pressure which causes irritation to that nerve which prevents it from functioning properly. The body cannot properly get into a state of rest and healing when the nerve is irritated. When the spinal subluxation is corrected and the nerve interference is removed, the nervous system can then function to it’s best ability. By removing that interference, the body has a much easier time getting into a state of relaxation and healing. One of the most common things we hear back from patients as chiropractors is that sleep is one of the first things that improves once the spine is in proper alignment. If you are struggling with neck pain or sleeping issues, or have any questions feel free to give us as a call at 515-978-9678. We would love to consult with you to see if chiropractic care could be a potential solution to your sleeping needs.

Got muscle cramps? We can help!

Almost everyone has experienced muscle cramping at least once in their life, and I think we can all agree they are NOT FUN. The top causes of muscle cramping are typically due to dehydration or lack of magnesium in the body. Proper water intake recommendation is HALF your body weight in ounces, for example if you weigh 200 pounds, your body needs 100 oz of water per day to be properly hydrated. If you drink non water drinks such as coffee, soda, tea or alcohol that actually counts against your daily water intake. The other common cause of muscle cramping is due to a lack of magnesium in our diets. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat steady, and helps bones remain strong. Recent studies have shown that magnesium particularly magnesium chloride, can provide rapid relief when applied directly to cramping muscles. Magnesium helps the muscles to relax while also reducing the ridgity in the cell membranes throughout the body. Recent studies have shown that magnesium chloride is effective in treating and preventing muscle spams. We can apply the magnesium cream immediately following a chiropractic treatment or you can even buy one to use at home in between treatments. In our office we offer various forms of natural vitality brand magnesium including gummies, drinkable and even a topical muscle relief cream. Stop in the office to get yours or give us a call at 515-278-9678