What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)?

What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)?

Having jaw problems facial pain or Headaches? Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMJ is a common condition that limits the functions of the jaw such as opening the mouth and chewing. It affects more than 10 million people in the U.S. Many people experience a clicking or popping in the jaw joint. The temporomandibular is the hinge that connects the jaw to the skull in front of the ear and allows you to open and close your mouth, talk, yawn and chew. Other TMJ symptoms can be jaw pain, fatigue, ringing in the ears, dizziness or neck pain.

TMJ can be caused by poor teeth alignment, fractures from accidents, surgery, arthritis or sitting in the same position with the head tilting down, thus straining the jaw. Long commutes, looking down at a computer and too much sitting can cause considerable jaw pressure.

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Why TMJ Therapy?

TMJ therapy offers much relief as it includes stretching and releasing tight muscles. The therapy is also an important part of recovery from TM joint surgery, helping to minimize scar tissue formation and muscle tightness. Jaw exercises are introduced to strengthen the muscles and improve range of motion.

What can TMJ Therapy do for me?

•Relieves overall muscle tension
•Reduces headaches facial pain and swelling
•Improves blood circulation
•Helps to release any scar tissue that restricts muscle movement
•Improves muscle movement