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What Is TMJ?

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

The temporomandibular joints of the jaw are referred to as TMJ. When this word is used, it's usually to refer to temporomandibular problems instead of the joints. The difference is that TMJ more precisely describes these joints, which are often impacted by a variety of disorders and ailments.

The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone with the skull on each side of the head. Due to TMJ, the nerves and muscles linked with the joint may be damaged or painful. The pain caused by TMJ may be caused due to an underlying joint problem in the body, an injury, or a disease. People suffering from TMJ may experience shoulder, back, and neck pain.

Causes of TMJ

It's not easy to figure out where TMJ pain comes from. If an injury to the temporomandibular joint has occurred, such damage will undoubtedly be taken into account when determining the reason for a patient's suffering. Although the reason for pain may not always be obvious, chiropractic treatment may help you recover and heal.

You may not have been injured, but you are still having pain in this joint that you assume is connected to it. Other life variables may be at the root of what has to be taken into account when it comes to your treatment. It may not seem like posture has anything to do with the jaw. If you put too much pressure on your shoulder and neck, it might affect other parts of the body, especially the skeletal system.


Some of the symptoms of TMJ include blurred vision and jaw pain. You may also suffer from facial pain and earache. Other symptoms include tooth pain, tight or stiff shoulders, neck pain, difficulty closing or opening mouth, and clicking sensation.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care may assist in relieving pressure on nerves that are causing pain. It is accomplished by using gentle jaw joint adjustments to realign the joint. Chiropractor care for jaw clicking is a non-surgical method to recover from pain. Chiropractic care may be an effective and non-invasive treatment for the joints and bones of the body.

Working with the related ligaments, muscles, and bones is a good approach to address the underlying issues causing the pain. Adjusting the jaw properly and efficiently may include taking into account surrounding spinal connections in the shoulders, neck, and back. When you opt for a treatment such as chiropractic care for jaw clenching, the chiropractor tries to reduce the dysfunction of the jaw and minimize the tension.

The chiropractor may try to align the upper cervical spine, head, and jaw to treat TMJ. This alignment may relieve pain caused due to TMJ disorder.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Knoxville, Tenn.

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