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TMJ Disorder Symptoms 

 September 16, 2018

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

tmj-disorder-symptomsWhat does TMJ stand for? In long form it means the temporomandibular joint, or the jaw joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. We use this joint all day long while we eat and while we talk, which means issues and discomfort with the TMJ can be extremely intrusive to our daily lives. So it is important to know what the causes of TMJ disorder are and how to avoid them. Here are a few signs of TMJ disorder:

  1. When the teeth above and below do not fit together accurately
  2. Jaw muscles are tight
  3. Lack of mobility in the jaw, possibly resulting in locking of the jaw
  4. While chewing or talking the jaw pops or clicks
  5. Pain that travels from the jaw to the face and neck

The Neck and Jaw Connection

Strange as it may seem, symptoms of TMJ could be related to problems with the upper vertebra of your spine. Where the skull and spine come together is directly beneath the ear and jaw joint. This vertebra is called the atlas, one of the most mobile bones in the spine, which allows rotation of the head. Any time this vertebra is off alignment, it can be a hazard for the jaw and ears as well as the neck, resulting in pain and even disrupting the body’s nervous system. These interruptions in the communication between body parts can cause tension across the facial muscles, resulting in TMJ disorder.  

 

Our role as upper cervical chiropractors is to relieve these tensions and restore proper balance and alignment to the atlas. This can change the spine and jaw’s mobility, and return the body’s communication system to its natural efficacy. This can alleviate the painful signs of TMJ disorder by a natural and more gentle approach than other common treatments such as medication or surgery.

References:

https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/topics/tmj/tmjdisorders.htm#causes

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne


Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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