TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint dysfunction describes a variety of disorders affecting the joints, muscles and nerves of the jaw and face. TMJ can be caused by trauma, orthodontics, facial surgery and also can occur for no known reason.
These conditions often cause pain in the face, jaw and neck, difficulty opening/closing the mouth, difficulty chewing, headaches and stiffness. While symptoms can be very painful and uncomfortable, the condition is not generally serious.
The mandible (jaw bone) is the only movable bone in the head. It is under tremendous stress all day from talking, chewing, grinding and clenching of the teeth. The joint itself is complex, like a sticky drawer that requires a slight movement down before it comes out. There are also at 10 different muscles that attach to the mandible pulling it in 5 different directions.
At IHC, our experienced practitioners utilize a number of approaches to diagnose the underlying cause of the TMJ Disorder and to treat it. The appropriate treatment approach will determine which structures are affecting the movement of the TMJ. It will identify which muscles are tight, which muscles are on tension and it will correct them. Treatment is non-invasive and safe.
The key to our successful treatment of this condition is that we look both at the joint and beyond the joint, to determine what is actually causing the problem. If it turns out that there is a change to your joint that is irreversible, we can still help by optimizing the bony and muscular relationships in your head, neck and thorax to ensure that you are able to function as well as possible.
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