This occurs when the muscles tighten and the skull and lower jaw are pulled closer together and become misaligned. This puts pressure on the joint and compresses the disc. Common symptoms include jaw clicking, pain, stiffness or a locked jaw. These symptoms are a result of the joint being misaligned and/or muscle adhesions in the jaw muscles which can occur from grinding or clenching your teeth, poor posture or an injury. A total approach to wellness helps determine the best course of action for your problem. An approach to treating TMJ caused by misalignment in your neck and upper back is to perform Chiropractor For Tmj in Jacksonville adjustments on your spinal joints in these areas. In addition, trigger point therapy is used to relieve tight muscles in the back around your spine. In some cases, misalignment of the jaw that results from improper posture or a back problem can cause your TMJ joint disorder.
The jaw is a hinge joint that is connected to the skull through 68 muscle pairs located in front of the ears. These muscle pairs are important to speaking, chewing, swallowing, and yawning, and are among the most commonly used in our body. All participants showed improvements in the distance they could open their jaws and in pain measurements. Although this group was not compared to a group receiving traditional treatment, it shows that chiropractic treatments show promise as an emerging treatment for TMJ joint disorder. During an adjustment, the Chiropractor For Tmj in Jacksonville may press on your jaw, skull or upper spine to relieve irritated nerves and increase your jaw’s range of motion.