TMJ Disorders and Chiropractic Care

TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. When it’s not functioning properly, it can be the source of a lot of pain and affect the eating and speaking habits. If your jaw “clicks” or makes odd sounds when you chew or open your mouth, you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Other symptoms include pain in the ear, neck, jaw, temples, swelling of the face, or stiffening of the jaw joint. 
 
Aside from the discomfort caused by the joint misalignment, TMD can be the root of many other health complications, including fluid buildup in the ear and sinuses, swelling in the face, and tenderness of the jaw, head, and neck. 
 
Chiropractic care works to correct the misaligned joints, relieve pressure, reduce pain, and improve flexibility. Chiropractic manipulation, massage, and special exercises are some of the treatment options available to you, plus home remedies like application of hot & cold, avoidance of hard foods and large bites, as well as the use of a mouth guard at night.