What is TMJ Syndrome? - Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

An acronym for temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder, TMJ/TMD is an umbrella term for a complex myriad of symptoms that occur when the jaw joints and associated muscles are disrupted. It is very common and can lead to symptoms such as headaches, face pain, jaw pain, neck ache, back ache, ear pain, tinnitus and more.

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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is formed by the mandible or jaw bone joining with the temporal bone of the skull, just below and in front of the ear. You have a TMJ on each side of your face. Each joint has a cartilage disc inside keeping the temporal bones and the mandible bone apart to prevent the bone surfaces from wearing and damaging each other, as well as to act as shock absorber for the joint. The jaw joint is surrounded by a capsule or envelope enclosing it.

TMJ DYSFUNCTION IS OFTEN THE ROOT CAUSE OF A WIDE RANGE OF AILMENTS

While there are many different reasons why people experience pain and discomfort, TMJ disorder is a common cause for a wide array of issues – including headachesmigraines and sleep apnoea.

The TMJ is opened and closed thousands of times each day as we eat, speak, breath, and yawn, and is thus the focal point of much activity and physical forces.

The TMJ along with the sacroiliac joints (in the hips) have the highest proprioceptive nerve fibres. These nerves relay information to the brain telling us where our body is time and space, thus the TMJ is very important in maintaining our balance and upright posture.

The jaw movement is driven by many muscles connected to the skull and neck, responsible for its different actions. Additionally, the muscles involved in keeping the jaw in a rest position have a direct connection to the neck. Therefore, in diagnosing TMJ it is important to look at the neck and areas of the body that may affect the neck which is why a holistic approach is so important.

WHY CHOOSE US TO TREAT YOUR TMJ DISORDER?

Don’t accept temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction as part of your daily life – help is at hand.

At TMJ Centre Melbourne, we offer a truly unique service where you will see a dentist and chiropractor at the same time for holistic care of the body. Working hand in hand, we can help address TMJ dysfunction – allowing you to heal faster.