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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Treatments & Headache Relief

TMJ TherapyDo you suffer from chronic headaches or neck pain? Does your jaw joint click or pop and create tension behind your ears or eyes? Your teeth could be a huge factor in your discomfort. Your upper and lower teeth must close tightly together in order to swallow effectively. When your bite is unstable and the teeth do not fit together properly, your body automatically adjusts to make them fit. This adjustment can result in a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that is forced into an unbalanced and painful position. This lack of balance affects all surrounding muscles, resulting in tension in the head, neck and upper back.

TMD Symptoms

TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is a complex group of disorders affecting the jaw. There are many possible causes including athletic or traumatic injury, chronic jaw clenching or grinding, or an unbalanced bite. Currently, this disorder is divided into three categories:

  1. Degenerative joint disease: the joint can be damaged by conditions such as arthritis
  2. Internal derangement: the jaw is dislocated or the disc has slipped out of place. This can also mean that the condyle (the round projection located on the end of the jaw bone) has been damaged.
  3. Myofascial pain: this is the most common and perhaps the least understood type of TMD. It occurs when the muscles controlling the jaw become functionally compromised.

There are several treatment options to explore for those suffering with jaw, neck and head pain due to these issues. If you suspect you are suffering from TMJ or TMD call us to schedule your pain consultation.

 

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