What is TMJ/TMD?
Your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your mandible to the temporal bones of the skull. It is a hinge joint that also has a disc. It is fairly moveable and allows you to move your jaw in almost every range of motion.
The medical community will claim that the cause of Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are “unknown”. You will hear that it may be genetic or that one must live with the pain. Science shows that these disorders are like most other processes that occur in the body – multifactorial. Pain syndromes may arise from direct trauma, overuse, soft-tissue injury, neurological disorders, dental problems, upper spine misalignment, and/or a combination of many of these. We find that a combination of issues are contributing to our patient’s TMJ problem.
The most effective TMJ solutions for people experiences TMD will always be as one that both address the surface level symptom (such as headache) as well as tackling the underlying cause.