What is TMJD?

TMJD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. It’s a condition that affects the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. This joint, known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), connects your jawbone to your skull.

What are the Common Symptoms of TMJD?

  • Jaw Pain: You might experience pain in the jaw joint or the muscles around it.
  • Difficulty in Opening or Closing the Mouth: TMJD can make it challenging to fully open or close your mouth.
  • Clicking or Popping Sounds: Some people notice clicking, popping, or grating sounds when they move their jaw.
  • Facial Pain: Pain may extend to the face, ears, or even the neck.
  • Headaches: TMJD can contribute to headaches, especially around the temples.
  • Jaw Stiffness: You may feel stiffness in the jaw, making it uncomfortable to move.
  • Difficulty Chewing: TMJD can affect your ability to chew or cause discomfort while eating.

Why is Chiropractic Effective for Jaw Pain?

  • Jaw alignment: Chiropractors are trained in assessing whether the jaw bone has been misaligned and can realign the jaw back into its correct position through a chiropractic adjustment
  • Spinal Alignment: Chiropractors focus on the spine and its connections to the nervous system. By ensuring proper spinal alignment, they can address issues that contribute to TMJD.
  • Muscle Relaxation: Chiropractic adjustments can help relax tense muscles around the jaw, reducing pain and promoting better function.
  • Nerve Function: Chiropractic care aims to optimize nerve function, which plays a role in jaw movement and comfort.
  • Non-Invasive Approach: Chiropractic treatments for TMJD are non-invasive, meaning they don’t involve surgery or medications with potential side effects.
  • Individualized Care: Chiropractors create personalized treatment plans based on your specific symptoms and needs, tailoring the approach to address your unique situation.

The Chiropractor will not only realign the jaw,
he will also focus on the muscles and break down the scar tissue in the jaw muscles.

Why is Scar Tissue Massage  Needed for Jaw Muscles?

  • Reducing Muscle Tension: Scar tissue can form in the muscles around the jaw due to TMJD. Massage helps break down this scar tissue, reducing muscle tension and promoting relaxation.
  • Improved Range of Motion: Scar tissue can restrict the movement of the jaw. Massage therapy aims to enhance the range of motion by breaking down adhesions and promoting flexibility.
  • Pain Relief: Scar tissue massage can alleviate pain associated with TMJD by targeting areas of tension and discomfort in the jaw muscles.
  • Enhancing Circulation: Massage stimulates blood flow to the affected muscles, bringing in nutrients and oxygen while aiding in the removal of waste products. This contributes to the healing process.
  • Complementing Chiropractic Care: Scar tissue massage works in synergy with chiropractic adjustments, creating a comprehensive approach to address the various aspects of TMJD.

For new patients with TMJD, consulting with a chiropractor experienced in treating jaw disorders will provide valuable insights and a tailored treatment plan to help manage symptoms and improve overall jaw function.