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  • Anne-Marie Mougeot

All About the TMJ

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ (๐—ง๐— ๐—). โฃ


ย The TMJ are the 2 joints in either side of your face, just in front of your ears, that connect the lower jaw to your skull. โฃ


These joints, along with several muscles and ligaments, and a disc on each side, allow the mandible (lower jaw and chin bone) to move up and down, side to side, and forward and back. โฃ


ย The TMJ performs important actions such as chewing, yawning, talking, and swallowing. โฃ


When TMJ and associated structures are not aligned or are tense or inflamed, several problems can occur, including pain and dysfunction. โฃ



๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ (TMD)?โฃ

TMD is considered to be any problem that prevents the structures of the jaw from working in harmony together and might present as:โฃ


-Myofascial pain & disorders of the muscles used for chewing โฃ

-Disorder of the joint โฃ

-Headaches associated with TMDโฃ


A study by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research identified clinical, psychological, sensory, genetic, and nervous system factors that may put a person at risk of developing chronic TMD. โฃ


Osteopathy for TMJ

๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐˜€ & ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐— ๐—— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ:โฃ


โ€ข Jaw discomfort or sorenessโฃ

โ€ข Headachesโฃ

โ€ข Pain that spreads to the face or neck โฃ

โ€ข Jaw stiffness โฃ

โ€ข Painful clicking or popping of the jawโฃ

โ€ข Locking if the jaw (with opening or closing)โฃ

โ€ข Limited mouth movementsโฃ

โ€ข Clenching or grinding teeth ย โฃ

โ€ข Ringing in the ears โฃ

โ€ข A change in how the upper and lower teeth fit together โฃ


ย Thankfully, there are several options for treating and managing TMD, including osteopathy. โฃ


In my next post, Iโ€™ll share a bit about what an osteopathic approach to TMJ pain/ dysfunction management might look like. In the meantime, drop any questions in the comments section.

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