Calgary Chiropractor: Treating Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome
What is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, a.k.a. temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)? TMJ / TMD is pain in the jaw joint that can be caused by several different health complications and regular activities such as:
- Misalignment of the teeth or jaw
- Injury to the teeth or jaw
- Poor posture
- Teeth grinding while sleeping
- Chewing on objects and / or gum
- Stresses – physical, emotional, chemical
- Poor nutrition
The temporomandibular joint is a complex structure made up of muscles, nerves, tendons and bones. Your head has two TMJ’s, one on each side that connect the temporal bone (skull) to the mandible (lower jaw) just in front of your ear. The facial muscles used to chew your food are also attached to the lower jaw.
When problems arise in this area, symptoms can be fast and acute and include:
- Neck pain
- Facial pain
- Ear pain
- Stiff jaw
- Problems with chewing
- Problems with biting
- Popping sounds when opening / closing jaw
- Popping sounds in the ears
Jaw pain may occur only on one side of your head or both. Furthermore, the pain may be more active when you are chewing or resting. These symptoms depend on the root cause of your temporomandibular joint syndrome.
Don’t Let TMJ Take You Out
When chewing, talking, yawning or even sleeping, your TMJ and other muscles involved in the opening and closing of your mouth are being used. For most of us, that’s all day, every day. That’s why consistent pain caused by TMJ / TMD can impede us from carrying out the simplest of tasks during our daily routine.
Don’t let jaw pain take you out! Seek treatment from chiropractors in Calgary who have lots of experience in relieving symptoms while also treating the root cause of TMJ syndrome.
Our chiropractors will perform a thorough assessment to determine the cause of your jaw pain and any other symptoms associated with it. Because there’s a handful of different causes of TMJ syndrome, treatment for it may differ from patient to patient.
Typically, our chiropractors help to restore joint mobility and jaw alignment through a combination of chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue release therapy. Supplements and / or lifestyle changes may be recommended to help treat symptoms.
A Word on TMJ…
The temporomandibular joint is an interesting joint that holds the mandible to the skull via tendons and muscles. There also is cartilage in the TMJ joint just like the knee joint. Because the mandible “hangs” in the way that it does, if your shoulders or lower ribs are unlevel it can create a compensation in the jaw muscles and result in TMJ symptoms such as pain.
When stress happens, people tend to clench and grind their teeth. The dentist will always recommend an expensive splinting to correct this issue, but what I have found is that it correlates to the dysfunction in the vagus nerve that supplies nerve input to the stomach. This is on the same circuit in the brainstem as the TMJ, so when the TMJ is symptomatic it could also be coming from imbalance in the digestive system.
Once stress happens, we lose blood flow to the gut because we go into “fight or flight” mode that shifts blood into the muscles. It could also be a result of a true digestive imbalance related to eating unhealthy foods and a lack of enzymes.
– Dr. John Battershill, D.C., Revelation Health Centre
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