What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ?

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What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ?

TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder means that the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw isn’t working properly. The hinge is one of the most complex joints in the body, responsible for moving the jaw forward, backward and side to side. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working is called TMJ. Frequently, TMJ feels like your jaw is clicking and popping.

Which brings us to a very important question: Can CHIROPRACTIC help TMJ problems? The answer is YES!

Chiropractors are trained to correct problems due to bone misalignments. The way it works is that chiropractic treatment focuses on relieving tension in the muscles around the joints themselves, using trigger point therapy. In addition, if the hinge joint is pulling to one side or the other it can be adjusted with conservative means such as an activator to center it. When this treatment is done, motion of the jaw can improve. The systems of ear pain, jaw locking, jaw clicking and headaches can be reduced.

What should I avoid doing?
  • Jaw clenching
  • Gum Chewing
  • Cradling the phone
  • Long dental appointments
What may also relieve my TMJ pain?
  • Moist heat
  • Ice
  • Soft Diet
  • Jaw exercises
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Side Sleeping
  • Relax Facial Muscles
  • Yawning