TMJ simply stands for Temporomandibular Joint. This just describes the bones of the face and jaw which combine to form the joint that allows you to open and close your mouth to talk, eat, and clench your teeth. TMJD or dysfunction is used to describe a condition in which the jaw is functioning improperly which can have a variety of symptoms, most commonly pain and clicking noises.
Chiropractors are experts at treating joint dysfunctions, but not all chiropractors work directly with TMJD. The TMJ can actually be treated similarly to other joints of the body. The TMJ typically responds well to soft tissue techniques such as myofascial release and ART. If the issue is more serious there are several other factors that should be examined. The neck can be a culprit when discussing TMJ dysfunction. A thorough examination of the neck should be completed when initial therapies are not effective for TMJD.
At Stanfill Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, we will focus on restoring proper motion into the TMJ. We will focus on proper neck alignment, range of motion of the TMJ, and relaxing any tight muscles found around the jaw. This means our treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release, and corrective posture exercises. Our plans are individualized so you will never have the exact same treatments as another patient.