The Temporomandibular joint is more commonly referred to as the TMJ or Jaw joint.
Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction are wide ranging and can include:
- Crepitus (Clicking)
- Discomfort chewing
- Clenching & grinding
- Trigger points in facial muscles (Masseter & Temporalis)
- Ear pain
- Lateral Head pain
Most commonly TMJ dysfunction presents with headaches and pain more pronounced on eating hard food, or when clenching/grinding our teeth.
Chiropractors assess how the TMJ moves and its relationship to the muscles of mastication (facial muscles) and the cervical spine. Soft tissue work, mobilisations and home advice help to restore movement to the area and reduce pain and discomfort.