Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder Treatments
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect the lower part of your jaw to your skull. There are two matching joints, one on each side of your head that are located just in front of your ears. The abbreviation “TMJ” refers specifically to the joint but it is often used to refer to any disorders or symptoms that occur in this region. These are problems such as popping sounds in the jaw, the inability to fully open the mouth, jaw pain, headaches, earaches, toothaches, and various other types of facial pain.
A lot of TMJ-related symptoms are caused by physical and emotional stress on the structures around this joint. These structures include the muscles of the jaw, face, and neck; the teeth; the cartilage disc at the joint; and nearby ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves.
As an example, daily stress can lead you to clench and grind your teeth, both during the day and at night while you sleep. Clenching means you tightly clamp your top and bottom teeth together, especially the back teeth. Clenching causes pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw.
Poor posture can factor into TMJ problems as well. Holding your head forward all day while looking at a computer strains the muscles in the face and neck.
Other factors that can aggravate TMJ symptoms are inability to relax, poor diet, and lack of sleep. The combination of all these stresses can result in contracted muscles and pinched nerves in your jaw, head, and neck; also known as “trigger points.” Trigger points can send pain to other areas, causing a headache, earache, or toothache. Other possible causes of TMJ-related symptoms include arthritis, fractures, dislocations, and structural problems present since birth. Some symptoms of TMJ Disorder include headache, earache or facial pain.
If you or anyone you know suffers from TMJ or any type of facial or neck pain, there is a very good chance that Caron Chiropractic can relieve your symptoms naturally, without the use of drugs or surgery. Please contact our office today for more information.