What is TMJ?
The Temporomandibular Joints are among some of the most frequently used joints in the body, allowing us to talk, chew, yawn, swallow and sneeze. They are located on each side of the cranium. To find your TMJ, place your fingers in front of each ear and open your mouth, you will feel an indentation beneath your finger. TMJ disorder can develop when one or both of the temporomandibular joints stop functioning properly.
Symptoms may include:
- Clicking or popping with opening or closing the mouth
- Pain around the jaw joints
- Locking of the jaw
- Inability to open the mouth wide to eat normally
- Inability to close the mouth completely
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Head, neck, jaw, ear, tooth and/or shoulder pain
- Sense of fluid in ear, feeling “stopped up”
Depending on the cause and the dysfunction, treatment may include:
- Postural alignment and positioning techniques
- Therapeutic exercise
- Manual therapy
- Dry needling