If you have pain or tenderness in your jaw, clicking or popping sounds, you may have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Chiropractic can help ease pressure on or around the jaw muscles by using muscle therapy and furthermore chiropractic/TMJ adjustments & activator techniques to restore function and mobility in the jaw.
The temporomandibular joint (which connects the mandible to the skull) is a common term used to describe various conditions in the TM joints, jaw muscles, and facial nerves. The TMJ is a joint connecting your jawbone to your skull and acts like a sliding hinge to open and close the mouth.
The second function is a sliding motion called translation, moving the lower jaw moves and down forward. This motion helps the TM joint to move backwards and forward and from side to side, aiding in movements like chewing, yawing, talking and singing.
Common symptoms include:
Chiropractors will pay close attention to the three key muscles (masseter, temporalis and pterygoid), suboccipital muscles, the jaw joint, and the top two cervical vertebral joints to ensure the spine is in correct alignment.
Primarily Chiropractic treatment can help reduce the pain of soft tissue structures and help improve the mobility of the TMJ. Treatments include TMJ adjustments, spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, joint mobilisation, stretches and exercise regimes to help with recurring symptoms.