How is your Jaw involved? Let’s Talk about The Temporomandibular Joint

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Please remember Chiropractic works with every joint in the body.  One very unique joint is your Tempromandibular Joint or TMJ. John D. Laughlin, president of the Holistic Dental Association, reports that  “Up to seventy-eight percent of the general public (over 175 million) have some amount of TMJ disfunction.” TMJ is found when you place your fingers in front of either ear and open your jaw and is in use constantly. You are feeling the joint where the temporal bone of your skull attaches to your mandible or jaw. Ligaments, cartilage, fascia, an articular disc, muscles, nerves and blood vessels run in, around and through the TMJ.

TMJ dysfunction occurs when the joint is misaligned and among the most common symptoms are an inability to open the mouth wide and a clicking or popping sound with opening and/or closing. TMJ issues can also be associated with severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, balance problems, ringing in the ears, dizziness; shoulder, cheek or jaw joint pain, neck ache, pain in or under the ear, tooth pain, migraine, nausea, and/or blurred vision.

TMJ issues are often caused by trauma and facial blows that can happen in many contact sports including hockey, volleyball, basketball and soccer as well as motor vehicle accidents. Another leading cause of TMJ dysfunction is dental work. Sitting in a chair with your mouth open for an hour long cleaning can set off the TMJ as well as improperly fitting braces or orthodontia.

To work with this unique joint, Dr. Jen has attended post graduate courses in TMJ specific adjusting. She addresses the issues with trigger point therapy inside and outside the area and then adjusts the joint itself. Along with specific TMJ adjustments, chiropractic care with the spine, especially in the area of the upper cervical spine and skull, are integral in resolving any issue in this joint.