What is TMJ?
TMJ actually stands for temporomandibular joint. We all have two of these joints, one on each side of our head where our jaw bone meets our skull. TMJ dysfunction refers to any case in which the joint does not function properly or pain exists in the area.
What causes TMJ?
The body functions as a closed circuit system. Changes to one area will cause a cascade of effects through the rest of the musculoskeletal system. Postural imbalances travel up and can interfere with the movement and function of the TMJ joint. In addition, circumstances in the dental system and the way teeth fit together also has a tremendous effect on the health and function of the temporomandibular joint.
Most practitioners look at the joint itself when in many cases the root cause of the pain and dysfunction is coming from somewhere else. TMJ dysfunction is typically the outcome of pelvic instability, dental occlusion, under development of the maxilla, cranial imbalances, hormonal dysfunction, and/or emotional stress. Focusing on the joint itself lends itself to stabilization at best.
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How do we treat TMJ?
When treating a patient with temporomandibular joint dysfunction it is important to look at the whole system.
Treatment focuses on correcting imbalances in the pelvis, bite, cranium, and hormones. N.E.T. is also available to reduce emotional stress.