Millions of people suffer from recurring, often debilitating migraines, headaches and cluster headaches. Many of these people have sought help from doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists and other professionals to little or no avail. What they may not realize is that misalignment of the teeth and jaw are to blame for the pain that they are experiencing. You see, this misalignment can cause tension in the head, neck and shoulder areas, which can in turn lead to chronic pain and affect a patient’s entire well-being. This misalignment is referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder, often abbreviated to TMD or TMJ.
So what can be done if a patient is experiencing pain caused by TMD? Some dentists, such as Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko, are specially trained to diagnose and treat TMJ disorder. Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko begins by assessing the relationship between the nerves, muscles, jaw alignment, and hard and soft tissue to determine the cause of the patient’s symptoms. If misalignment of the temporomandibular joint is discovered, Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko will work on a treatment plan to shift your jaw into its optimal position. This will relieve you of temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms, such as headaches, migraines, jaw locking, popping or clicking, bruxism, pain when chewing and difficulty sleeping.
For immediate relief,Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko may use a state of the art TENS unit to relax your muscles. The TENS unit works by emitting a constant, rhythmic pulse of ultra low frequencies to increase blood flow , massage the affected tissues, and stimulate endorphin production to reduce pain.
For long term relief, a special orthodontic appliance may be fabricated to help realign the jaw and alleviate tension in the surrounding musculature.
We understand that migraine headaches can dramatically reduce your quality of life, so please don’t suffer in silence. If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area and suffer from headaches that you think may be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder please contact our office today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko.