What is TMJ syndrome?

TMJ syndrome refers to pain and restricted movement of the jaw joint and the muscles that surround it. The temporomandibular joint, also called the TMJ, connects the jawbone to the skull and acts as a sliding-hinge. The dysfunction of this joint leads to pain when opening or closing your mouth and can restrict it’s movement. For some, this TMJ pain is self-manageable, however with an estimated 10 million Americans suffering from TMJ disorders, some take measure towards relief and prevention from future pain. Fortunately, here at Longo Chiropractic and Deep Tissue Laser Center, we have options and various treatment plans to help relieve and even cure this condition.

What are the symptoms?

  • Tenderness and/or pain in one or both sides of the jaw
  • Ear pain and/or pain around your ears
  • Pain in discomfort in facial regions – for example your temples
  • Restricted jaw movement
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Pain while chewing or speaking

What are the possible causes?

The cause of an individual’s TMJ disorder is difficult to determine and can vary from person to person. What is known, is that genetics, arthritis, the tendency to clench or grind teeth, and trauma to the jaw or head may be factors that contribute to the development of TMJ syndrome. Anything that causes excessive strain on the jaw and muscles surrounding the jaw can increase your risk of developing TMJ disorders.

How we can help you:

If you are suffering from dysfunction of the TMJ, we can help you find relief. Chiropractic adjustments to the jaw can relieve the pressure on this joint significantly. A jaw adjustment may sound intimating, but this is an extremely gentle manipulation and will be done by a chiropractor who is highly trained and has a great deal of experience treating TMJ dysfunction. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue laser therapy offered at our clinic has been shown to be very effective in treating TMJ syndrome. This specialized medical laser can encourage the tissue surrounding this joint to repair and heal. If you or someone you know is struggling with pain due to a TMJ disorder, let us help you heal in a noninvasive, drug-free manner.