TMJ Dysfunction/ syndrome

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What it is:

Pain in the jaw joint, inability to fully open or close the jaw and muscle tension/spasms.

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
  • Headaches
  • Mimicked neck/cervical joint dysfunction

Triggers that can cause TMJ dysfunction:

  • -Car crashes and the associated whiplash disorder
  • -Clenching or grinding your teeth at night

The temporomandibular joint combines a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which normally keeps the movement smooth.

Painful TMJ disorders can occur if:

  • The disk erodes or moves out of its proper alignment
  • The joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis
  • The joint is damaged by a blow or other impact


1). Chiropractic manipulation

  • Cervical spine
  • TMJ dysfunction

2). Soft tissue massage to very tight muscles in the base of skull/upper neck, upper back regions

  • intraoral soft tissue massage to reduce spasm of chewing muscles in mouth/jaw and neck

3). Exercises to promote proper tracking of the jaw when opening and closing the jaw

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