Chiropractic for TMJ

Every year a number of Americans experience some type of temporomandibular joint pain. Many are even diagnosed with TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, is an inflammation of the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint where your skull meets your lower jaw (mandible). In order to locate this area, place your hands on your face directly in front of your ear lobes. Now open and close your mouth. You will be able to feel your temporomandibular joint in action.

Causes of TMJ

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is the result of the temporomandibular joint becoming misaligned. Adhesions to the jaw muscles may also occur as a result of an injury, clenching/grinding teeth, or poor posture.

Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Because the temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles compose a complex system, TMJ can create a variety of symptoms. Some of the most common of these are

  • Difficulty/pain when using the mouth (biting, chewing, talking)
  • Dull aching pain around the ear possibly extending to the side and back of the head or down the neck
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening and closing the mouth
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Jaw (TMJ) pain
  • Locking of the jaw

Chiropractic Care for TMJ

Leading authorities, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and in particular the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) advise conservative medical care that is capable of being reversed as a best course of action when treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Chiropractic treatment will not only alleviate short-term TMJ pain, but it can also prevent the condition from returning. In addition, a chiropractor will look beyond your jaw pain to your overall lifestyle and develop a wellness approach uniquely suited for your situation.