Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ)

TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a chronic illness that affects many people. TMJ is short for Temporomandibular Joints, the two joints that connect your jaw to your head.

The symptoms of TMD are many and varied. Some common symptoms among our clients include headaches, neckaches, shoulder aches, as well a some ringing in ears, numbness in finger or arms, and difficulty swallowing as well as dizziness. Many people have signs of bruxism or clenching and grinding and heavy wear of their teeth.

Many people experience locking of the jaw, clicking or grating sounds of the jaw joints. TMJ may cause facial pain, pain behind the eyes, or unexplained loosening of the teeth. Ear aches, ear stuffiness or ringing, and pain around the jaw joint are also signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. When there is an imbalance between the muscles that open or close the jaw and the bite then tension is created causing pain.