What is TMJ dysfunction?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that allows movement of the lower jaw (mandible) which attaches to the skull. Pain occurs as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.
- Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck – such as from a heavy blow or whiplash
- Misaligned jaw
- Cervical spine/occiput fixations
- Poor head posture
How can Chiropractic help?
TMJ Treatment includes:
- Correcting muscular dysfunction as well as joint misalignments
- Soft tissue therapy aimed at the muscles involved in mastication
- Adjusting of associated Cervical spine segments
Most patients usually find relief in their TMJ symptoms under chiropractic care.
Chiropractors and Dentists work together to help patients fully recover from painful TMJ dysfunction.