What are the Signs and Symptoms of TMJ and Treatment Options?
In our approach to understanding TMJ pain, let's start with the basics:
TMJ is a shortened word used for describing the tempero-mandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your mandible to your skull.
It is a complex joint involving bones, ligaments, capsules and muscles. Its movement and function is influenced by the neck and facial alignment as well as the teeth.
While you are probably already too familiar with the symptoms of TMJ, TMJ treatment options are many but, most importantly, are really effective ONCE EARLY INTERVENTION is sought.
Approaches such as muscle release and joint mobilisations are the ones I use most frequently with my own clients.
Symptoms of TMJ disorder are many and varied and include pain and stiffness around the jaw. Headaches and dizziness can arise and biting anomalies and grinding of teeth are commonly seen in my patients.
Read more about Signs Symptoms of TMJ.
A better understanding of the causes of TMJ can result in choosing the most appropriate treatment option. Unfortunately, TMJ dysfunctions are often overlooked or not diagnosed by therapists and doctors.
Read more about Causes of TMJ.
Treating TMJ disorders are, again, many and varied but really effective once early intervention is sought. Techniques of muscle release and joint mobilisations are the most frequent used treatments I use.
Home exercises and release techniques provide my TMJ patients with control of their symptoms from the outset. So as always strive to understand your TMJ disorder and work with it, which commonly leads to a good resolution of dysfunction.
Read more about TMJ Treatment Options.
TMJ exercises are a much better alternative to TMJ surgery, which can have serious complications both in your jaw and upper body, than what you started out with.
Read more about TMJ Exercises.
TMJ and Neck Pain are very closely associated - clients with TMJ pain normally have associated neck pain. The TMJ is closely related to the neck both anatomically and functionally. I'd like to explain this a little bit more.
Read more about TMJ and Neck Pain.
When I question clients who have ringing in their ears, they often inform me that they also have tightness in their jaws. Your jaw can be the cause of ringing in your ears - or "Tinnitus".
Read more about TMJ and Tinnitus.
TMJ surgery can be very successful and a great relief to the patient suffering from TMJ pain. However, before we go on - I feel strongly that all other options should be exhausted first before you go down the surgical route.
Read more about TMJ Surgery.
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Further References:TMJ.ORG. The TMJ association is a patient advocate organisation - giving you access to the thoughts and opinions of others suffering from this condition, as well as treatment approaches that worked for them. See more at TMJ.ORG.
The Mayo Clinic. Gives the formal medical perspective on TMJ treatment including use of drugs and surgery. See Mayo Clinic TMJ info.
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