The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the two joints, along with several muscles, that connect your lower jaw to your skull and consist of the mandible (the lower jaw) and the temporal bone (the side and base of the skull). The TMJ are among the most complex joints in the body and work in two very specific ways. First as a hinge to open and close the mouth for chewing, talking, yawning, etc. Its second function is a sliding motion called translation, where the lower jaw moves down and forward. When the TMJ are not aligned, nor synchronized in movement, several problems can occur resulting in severe pain and/or discomfort.

Many causes of TMJ pain include direct injury/trauma to the jaw, teeth grinding, nail-biting, degenerative joint diseases like arthritis, infections, and autoimmune diseases. TMJ pain symptoms can include ear pain, headaches, neck pain, general jaw pain, jaw soreness, jaw stiffness, jaw pain when biting or chewing, popping or clicking noises when opening the mouth, and sensitive teeth with no other dental problem. The jaw may, in rare occasions, lock or get stuck in either a closed or open position. If the pain is consistent, this condition is referred to as TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, although most people refer to the disorder as TMJ syndrome. It can be very painful and many people are turning to alternative methods other than medication or surgery to relieve that pain.

It’s recommended never to try popping the TMJ or any misaligned joint back into place without professional help as it can cause a serious injury and make the problem even worse. We all know that chiropractic care is effective for neck and back pain, sciatica, and general misalignment of the spine, however conditions like TMJ disorder are often overlooked. In fact, proper chiropractic jaw alignment is incredibly important to your overall health.

TMD or TMJ syndrome is a musculoskeletal issue which chiropractors, massage therapists, and physiotherapists are trained to work with. TMD or TMJ syndrome treatment, like all treatments, are always on an individual client-by-client basis. Chiropractic treatment, massage therapy or physiotherapy can help to relieve tension in the neck, upper spine, and shoulders, which in turn can help to relax the jaw muscles and relieve TMJ pain.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ pain book an appointment now. We have a dedicated and knowledgeable team ready to provide you with all the tools you need to take control of your health.

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