TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER (TMJ)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD) affects the joints where your lower jaw meets the base of your skull. Common symptoms include jaw clicking, pain, stiffness and locking. These symptoms are a result of the joint being misaligned and/or muscle adhesions which can occur from grinding or clenching your teeth. Poor posture or injury can also affect TMJ. Abnormal pressure on the joint compresses the disc and causes pain. When ligaments stretch it can also pull the disc out of position. This is common in whiplash injuries. Degeneration of the joint occurs when the disc wears down, leaving the bones rubbing and also irritating the nerves.
Adjustments can be used to treat TMJ depending on the cause. During an adjustment, the chiropractor may press on your jaw, skull or upper spine to relieve misalignments and increase your jaw’s range of motion.
Soft tissue based therapies including Active Release Technique may be incorporated into your treatment. This is proven to be a very effective method when combined with regular chiropractic treatments or as a stand alone treatment.
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