Can you guess the most frequently used joint in the human body? It's not your knee or your wrist—it's your jaw!

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex system of bones, muscles, and cartilage that enables smooth and pain-free jaw movement. However, when this system is disrupted, TMJ discomfort can emerge. Fortunately, chiropractic care can effectively manage TMJ disorders and provide relief. 

Understanding TMJ

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders affect the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles.

The temporomandibular joint connects the skull's temporal bone to the mandible, or jawbone. A cartilage disc separates the bones, providing cushioning and allowing smooth movement.

Every time you speak, laugh, floss, or eat, your TMJ is at work.

Because you have a temporomandibular joint on each side of your jaw, problems can affect one or both sides, making daily tasks challenging. Those suffering from TMJ dysfunction may struggle with eating, speaking, and even sleeping.

Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

Symptoms of TMJ pain can vary depending on the individual, but there are some common signs:

  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Ear Pain when chewing
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Tenderness in the jaw muscles

What Causes TMJ Pain?

TMJ pain occurs when the disc or jawbone dont move properly, often due to tight surrounding muscles putting pressure on the jaw.

Certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of TMJ disorders, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Jaw injury or trauma
  • Holding the mouth open for long periods (e.g., at the dentist)

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with TMJ Pain?

In some cases, pain associated with TMJ may resolve on its own. However, for those experiencing the characteristic pain and discomfort of TMJ, seeking relief sooner rather than later is advisable.

Chiropractors can identify and address the root cause of your TMJ pain using safe, non-invasive techniques to relieve discomfort.

Chiropractic treatment for the TMJ typically begins with localized massage to relax tight muscles. The chiropractor then guides you through jaw exercises to stretch the muscles. Finally, adjustments may be made to your jaw and neck joints to restore proper motion.

Chiropractic TMJ treatment targets the joint, surrounding muscles, and the upper cervical vertebrae to address all possible causes.

Experiencing Pain in Your TMJ? Try Chiropractic Care!

TMJ disorders can cause significant pain and disrupt your ability to enjoy life. Sore muscles, limited mouth movement, and bothersome clicking can affect your daily routine.

Fortunately, chiropractic care can effectively treat the TMJ. This holistic approach targets the root cause of your pain rather than just addressing symptoms.

At Legros Chiropractic & Rehab, we treat TMJ disorders! Give us a call to begin your road to relief!