A crucial tenet of chiropractic is that the body works as a whole and should be treated as such, not as a series of isolated parts. Doctors of chiropractic, like Dr. Smith, understand that dysfunction in one area of the body will affect function in others areas. The relationship between whiplash injury and temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a clear example of this premise.
Many people don’t realize that sustaining a whiplash injury can affect more than the neck — and that the injury can be long-lasting. Any accident, even a minor fender bender, may trigger serious conditions. Vertebral subluxations are areas in the spine where movement is restricted or vertebrae are slightly out of place.
Whiplash injury frequently causes vertebral subluxation, which can, in turn, lead to temporomandibular (or jaw) issues. Dr. Smith uses gentle maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments to remove vertebral subluxations.
Receiving regular chiropractic care after sustaining a whiplash injury can keep TMD at bay. But if you suspect you already have TMD, chiropractic can help get to the source of your discomfort and stop it for good.