What Is TMJ?
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint is located in your jaw. The TMJ is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. It is what allows you to chew and open and close your mouth.
Why Would I Need TMJ Therapy?
So why would I need TMJ therapy? Do you experience jaw joint clicking or locking, ear pain, headaches or sensitive teeth? Temporomandibular joint disease (TMJD) could be the cause of your pain. The direct cause of this disease is unknown, but there are certain factors that are thought to contribute to it including:
- Pressure put on the TMJ from grinding or clenching the teeth
- Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis present in the TMJ
- The tightening of facial and jaw muscles or clenching of teeth from stress or other outside factors
Symptoms Of TMJ
There are many symptoms that can accompany TMJ. TMJ is usually characterized by:
- A dull aching pain in the jaw joint
- Inability to comfortably open the mouth
- Clicking and popping in the jaw joint
- Teeth sensitivity
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
- Ear pain
While many TMJ sufferers get better without treatment, TMJ can be responsible for persistent and debilitating pain. If you suffer from persistent TMJ, visit us for a thorough examination and individualized treatment plan.