Chiropractic for TMJ
The Temporomandibular joint is connects the mandible to the temporal bone of the skull. When there is dysfunction with this joint it is more properly called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD. This joint allows you chew and talk. The muscles of the face can become dysfunctional from grinding or clenching your teeth and as a result the movement patterns of the jaw can become misaligned which causes pain. This pain could be on one side or both sides.
Some of the common symptoms associated with TMD:
– Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth
– Jaws that get stuck or locks in the open- or closed-mouth position
– Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you chew.
As stated previously TMD is most commonly caused by facial muscle dysfunction. The muscle most commonly involved in TMD are the Masseter, Medial Pterygoid, Lateral Pterygoid, Temporalis and the Digastrics. Other causes can include subluxation, arthritis or stress
Chiropractors will look not only at your jaw, but also at your overall spinal function and adjust the areas of restriction as they see fit. They will also do some myofascial work on the muscle in your face they have determined to be dysfunctional. This is proven to be a very effective method when combined with regular chiropractic adjustments.