“TMJ” stands for temporomandibular joint , which is the technical name for your jaw joints, you have one on each side of your mouth articulating the top and bottom jaw bones, joining them to your skull. Commonly when something’s wrong with your TMJ, you’ll feel recurrent pain in your jaw or the surrounding muscles, you may feel catching or locking in the jaw perhaps finding chewing or opening your mouth challenging.
The muscles that control the jaw span from above your ears into your neck. When there's any dysfunction, asymmetry or overuse of these structures it can cause jaw pain. Other causes include arthritis or injury.
Our chiropractors will typically first take a history of your complaint and then assess your jaw joints and the muscles of your jaw. This will include assessing your posture, especially of that of your neck, as it can affect how your jaw works due to its structural and biomechanical relationship with the jaw.
In the management phase your chiropractor will provide specific chiropractic care to enhance structure and exercises to improve any problems. He or she may also discuss the inter-relationship between stress and jaw issues, possibly suggesting stress management strategies if deemed applicable in your case. They may work with or refer to your dentist if splints, other dental work, or further evaluation, is necessary to achieve the best result for your condition.