An alternative approach to Temporo-mandibular Joint (TMJ) problems

There is a joint where our jawbone connects to the skull. And like any other joint, it may become a source of pain or tenderness. The pain may be worse when chewing, talking or even yawning. Your jaws may get stuck in certain positions or make unusual sounds when opening or closing the mouth or just chewing.

With tempero-mandibular joint (TMJ) problems you may also experience toothache that is not easily resolved (because the pain may not be coming from the tooth).

And very interestingly, there may also be headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears. Are some of these symptoms caused by the TMJ dysfunction, or are they the signs of underlying problems that may also be causing the TMJ pain?

I believe the latter is very often the case.

As mentioned above, the jawbone connects to the skull just in front of the ear. However, there are many muscles that connect to the base of the skull – from the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. It is not uncommon for these muscles to be excessively tense and pulling the skull out of proper alignment and placing abnormal strain on the TMJ. Abnormal strain on other joints in the body may lead to degeneration, arthritis and pain especially when the abnormal strain continues over considerable time. It is the same with the TMJ.

Furthermore, the skull sits on top of the neck and if there are postural problems in this area or poor alignment of the spine, these too, will place abnormal strain in the area and potentially adversely affecting the TMJ.

If you have TMJ problems and also have headaches, neck or shoulder pain or stiffness, there’s a very good chance that properly correcting the spine and the muscles will have a beneficial effect on TMJ problems as well.

Even if you don’t have these other symptoms but have TMJ problems that don’t seem to respond well to other approaches, correcting the spine and muscles may also be of considerable benefit to the TMJ.

It is important to note that posture, the spine and the muscles all need to be corrected together as they affect one another. Correcting all three is the function of the TMJ area may be properly optimised and symptoms eased. Network chiropractic corrects these 3 factors all in one process. And the Network process is both gentle and relaxing with no cracking or crunching of the joints.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 9793 3755 today.

Dr John Van Der Meulen, B. Sc., B. App. Sci. Network Chiropractor

Better Life Chiropractic Centre

185 Cleeland St, Dandenong

9793 3755