Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (sometimes abbreviated to TMD, TMJD, or TMJ and also termed temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome, temporomandibular disorder or many other names), is an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication (the muscles that move the jaw) and the temporomandibular joints (the joints which connect the mandible to the skull). The most important feature is pain, followed by restricted mandibular movement, and clicking of one or both of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) during jaw movement. Although TMD is not life threatening, it can be detrimental to quality of life, because the symptoms can become chronic and difficult to manage. TMD is thought to be very common, with 20-30% or more of the adult population affected to some degree. Most people affected by TMD are between 20 and 40 years of age, although any age can be affected and it is more common in females than males to some degree. TMD is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain (i.e. toothache).
TMD is a symptom complex rather than a single condition, and it is thought to be caused by multiple factors. However, these factors are poorly understood, and there is disagreement as to the relative importance of these factors with each other. Even daily life stresses can cause TMJ issues to appear and return after treatments have provided some temporary relief.
Temporal mandibular joint disorder started bothering me about 20 years ago too. When I first noticed there was a problem, I could only open my mouth approximately 1/4 inch. There wasn’t a lot of pain but it made eating almost impossible and did have a negative impact on the quality of life. I ended up seeing an orthodontist which did help me. I am very thankful for that, however, it was very expensive with treatment including braces and everything that goes along with them. Plus, after the treatment ended there was still occasional clicking or popping of the TMJ on my right side, sometimes with pain. I wasn’t going to die from it but is was very annoying.
Chiropractic adjustments do wonders for TMJ issues. Adjusting this joint is not painful and has an immediate beneficial effect with increased range of motion so you can open your mouth normally and the pain is decreased or eliminated very quickly. That is all well and good, however, most chiropractors will adjust it and send you on your way telling you to come back again when it starts bothering you. I do agree that adjustments should be done to help correct the misalignment of the two bones forming that joint when things get worse.
HOWEVER, what if the chiropractor gave you a very powerful tip that you could use to easily manage this condition on your own and stop the clicking and associated pain very easily in between normally scheduled visits? Wouldn’t that be great? Well, at Zumbrota Chiropractic that is what I offer because I want you to feel as good as you can all of the time. The powerful tip that I share with TMJ patients works wonders – I know, I use this when my jaw starts to click or pop too. NO, it is NOT an exercise or a set of exercises that all the other websites offer like moving you jaw back and forth, forward and backward. I’ve tried that and it never worked for me and I won’t put you through that same disappointment of a set of useless exercises.
If you have TMJ pain, otherwise known as temporal mandibular joint disorder CLICK HERE to schedule a visit, get a very effective treatment and learn the key secret to managing this condition on your own. The value of the information is priceless and will serve you very well. It is almost impossible to get rid of the stresses in life that can lead to TMJ issues, so you should have the tools to reclaim your life and live with comfort in your daily activities.
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