Is your Jaw Pain TMJ?

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is an incredibly painful condition that is situated within the muscles of the jaw and cheekbone. The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge which is the connection from your skull to the jawbone.

TMJ can be caused by your genetics, trauma to the jaw or even arthritis. Nocturnal tooth grinding and clenching can also play a role, though tooth grinders don’t always develop TMJ.

Common complaints include pain, stiffness, clicking sounds that are audible to others and even having your jaw lock up from time to time. It may even extend to a dull ache around the ear and back of the head. Chewing may cause pain as well. These are all a result of the jaw itself becoming misaligned. Over time if not corrected adhesions can form in the muscle keeping the jaw out of place.

Whiplash from auto accidents can be an initial cause of an onset of TMJ. When ligaments tear or stretch it can pull the jaw out of position. Other injuries involving the facial area can have the same results.

If not treated properly, over time degeneration of the disc between the jaw and the skull can occur, wearing away which leaves only bone on bone to rub together wreaking havoc on the nerves located in that area.

Visiting your Chiropractor for jaw pain can be a tremendous help. They take an overall approach to well-being and help to determine the cause and the resulting best course of action.

Manual adjustments may be used as a treatment for the jaw disorder. Your doctor may press on areas of your skull, jaw and upper spine in order to help relieve irritated inflamed nerves increasing your jaw’s range. The active release technique which is a soft tissue based therapy is likely to be used. This manipulation can help your body break up the adhesions as well as scar tissue on the muscles and ligaments. When combined with regularly scheduled chiropractic treatment it has proven to be a very effective method to obtain healing and pain relief. 

Leading experts at The National Institutes of Health recommend these treatments as the best course of action. Noninvasive treatments should always be tried first, rather than automatically leaning towards aggressive treatments such as surgery and implants, which penetrate the tissues of the face, jaw or joint.

If you have facial pain, jaw pain or grind your teeth in your sleep come in and talk to us at Nutrition Specialists of Florida or give us a call at 239-947-1177.

Originally Posted:

Are you suffering from a B Complex Deficiency?

When not feeling well very few of us, right off the bat, think “I must be lacking a certain vitamin or nutrient” when often that is the very truth of the matter. Vitamin deficiencies, especially in B Complex, can cause such a wide range of health complaints that your guesses as to what the problem is may be all over the board. It may even seem confusing as to what type of a doctor you would even go to see for help.


Consulting a practitioner who does Nutritional Response Testing is always a safe bet as a solid place to start in order to get some answers and get your health back on track.


Let’s start with some of the basics:


What is B-Complex?

It is a group of several vitamins including Vitamin B1(thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal phosphate), Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin B9 (folate), and Vitamin B12 (cobalamin).


A deficiency in these vitamins can cause a wide range of symptoms.


How would you know if you had a Vitamin B deficiency? What to look out for:


  • Skin issues – dermatitis, dry skin, cracks on the corners of your mouth, and easily bruised skin
  • Fatigue – Muscle weakness, tiredness, lack of coordination, waning muscle mass, even numbness in fingers may occur.
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Rage
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unease
  • Depression
  • Mental confusion
  • Fear
  • Hostility
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • If pregnant a lack of B vitamins can even cause neurological birth defects
  • In the elderly, bad vision and red swollen eye lids are a sign
  • A tendency to burst out crying for no real reason at all is a tell-tale symptom of B deficiency.
  • Vegans are especially at high risk for this deficiency



B-Complex is vital for health. Many of these symptoms are being medicated as simply mood disorders in the medical and mental health communities when in reality it is possible for their source to be based in the physical body craving and desperately needing the right targeted supplementation.


Other than taking Vitamin B Complex as a direct supplement what can you do to make sure you are getting enough B vitamins in your diet?


Eating a diet that is rich in B vitamins is easy if you know what you need to include.


B1 – is found in Whole grains, legumes, and beans, spinach, kale, and peanuts, among others.


B2 – Almonds, rice, eggs, milk, yogurt, spinach, soy, and sprouts.


B3 – Milk, eggs, beans, green veg and red meat.


B5 – Eggs, meat, yogurt, beans, and legumes.


B6 – Seeds, rice, salmon, tuna, turkey, and chicken.


B7 – meats, such as chicken and pork, although it can also be found in egg yolks, potatoes, and nuts.


B9 – green leafy veg, asparagus, root vegetables, milk, wheat, beans, and salmon.


B12 – Vitamin B12 most commonly found in fish, pork, beef, dairy, and eggs.


If you are severely Vitamin B deficient you may benefit from supplementation in addition to dietary changes. It is important to talk with your nutritionist to get the very best professional guidance possible. Visit or call 239-947-1177.


Originally posted: Nutritionist Bonita Springs | Chiropractor Bonita Springs

Are You Experiencing Subluxation Symptoms?

Chiropractic is often thought of as a way to treat neck, back and headache pain when the spine and nerves come into play effects can often be felt through out any and all areas of the body as everything is connected.

When subluxations occur that means that vertebrae have shifted out of place. This can put pressure on nerves.  In turn, this can cause the body to malfunction manifesting symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Soreness and stiffness in the neck and/or back
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems
  • Spinal muscle spasms, tightness or weakness
  • Reduction in spinal mobility/Stiffness
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Poor overall health
  • Reduced ability to heal if bruised or cut

Over time symptoms become more and more noticeable and can lead to disease.

Why would you have a subluxation?

It’s a stress response. Stress on a physical level can cause spasms. Tension can cause the bones to move incorrectly eventually causing a subluxation or misalignment. This can happen due to:

  • Physical incidents: falls, slips, falls, accidents, lifting, bad posture, sleeping wrong
  • Chemical: bad diet, drugs, alcohol, pollution
  • Emotional: stress, anger, fear, grief, all tax the immune system

A series of chiropractic adjustments can change the position and motion of the spine. The body will get used to holding the spine, muscles, ligaments and tissues in this proper position and the stress on adjacent nerves will be alleviated. This allows the body to heal itself and return to optimal function.

Seeing your chiropractor regularly can help prevent subluxations and other issues, keeping you in tip top health. Give Nutritional Specialists of Florida a call today at 239-947-1177.

Originally Published:


Nutritional Response Testing – A Testimonial

Mid-September of this past year I began having serious heart palpitations. I felt nervous, anxious and jittery all the time. I kept expecting it to dissipate and go away, but instead, it got worse and worse until, sitting at work one day, I was sure I was going to have either a heart attack or stroke.

I went to NCH’s walk in clinic. They hooked me up to the EKG machines and listened to my symptoms. They felt they did not have the proper equipment to fully diagnose me and advised that I should go straight to the ER as it could be a pulmonary embolism.

Upon arriving at the ER they of course, drew blood and ran every test known to man. I was there a total of 7 hours to the tune of over $6000. Their conclusion? According to them, I was “completely fine” and “just stressed out”. Ativan was prescribed and I was sent on my merry way still feeling the same as when I arrived.

Despite their medical opinions, I know my body. I knew something felt physically wrong.

In thinking about my past health history, I realized I had healed several other ailments over the years by consulting with Chiropractors who did Nutritional Response Therapy. I didn’t, however, know of anyone locally.

As luck would have it, in doing a Google search for “Nutritional Response Therapists near me” up popped Dr. Gendron and I called and made an appointment immediately.

I was a mess. I wasn’t sleeping or eating and any little tiny stress would take me from just feeling worn out and exhausted to so stressed I literally felt on the verge of a heart attack. I filled out the assessment in the office and scored a 63 which is incredibly high. Dr. Gendron also administered a diagnostic cardiac test. I scored so badly I nearly fell off the bottom of the chart with my heart reacting like I was in my mid 70’s rather than the 41 years I am.

With complete faith in the process and in Dr. Gendron, I began my road back to health through Nutritional Response Therapy. He put me on a strict healthy eating regimen and eliminated wheat and sugar which I was testing as sensitive to.  Along with that he custom-tailored the Energetix cleanse, homeopathics and supplementation to fit what my body was lacking.

It was easy to follow, but I needed a LOT of detoxification. It took several weeks and lots of healing crisis’s. Slowly I began to feel human again. The palpitations slowed then stopped all together and I began to feel stronger and stronger.

I could not, for the life of me, figure out how I had gotten to such a dangerously toxic level. I have done cleanses over the past decade and kept myself very healthy overall.

As it turns out, in narrowing down the toxins and using some deductive reasoning in conjunction with Dr. Gendron, my dental work was the likely culprit. Old crowns which had metal alloy backings. I am severely allergic to nickel. It had been leaching into my system for 10+ years. It has now been replaced. My heart and body are strong again.

Had I not listened to my body and taken the advice of NCH and their medical staff I would still be wearing down my heart and other organs through continued metal toxicity, having massive chest pain and anxiety and be covering all of this with mood altering medication.

Instead, I am back to feeling healthy.

I am immensely grateful and thankful for the process of Nutritional Response Therapy and for Dr. Gendron himself.


Sarah J. Barendse

This is just one of many testimonials of happy healthy satisfied clients. To learn more or schedule a consultation, we can be reached at 239-947-1177 or by going to our contact page and sending an email.

Originally posted: