Have you ever experienced pain in your jaw, face, neck, or shoulders that made it difficult for you to open or close your mouth? Do you often wake up with headaches and feel fatigued throughout the day? If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you might be experiencing Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMD), commonly known as TMJ dysfunction. 

This condition affects the joints and muscles that control jaw movement, and it can cause acute pain, clicking, locking and headaches. At MVMT Sports Chiropractic, we have developed a specific treatment protocol to help you get rid of the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ dysfunction.

What Causes TMJ Dysfunction?

The temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull in front of the ear. It is responsible for movements such as chewing, talking, and yawning. TMJ dysfunction, also known as TMD, is a common condition that affects the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. 

TMD can result from a variety of causes, including sleep-disordered breathing, stress, injury, arthritis, hypermobility, teeth grinding and jaw misalignment.

What Are The Symptoms Of TMJ Dysfunction?

TMD is a complex condition that can have a wide range of symptoms. The severity of symptoms can vary greatly from person to person ‒ some experience mild discomfort while others may have severe pain that interferes with their daily activities. Some of the common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Acute pain in the jaw, face, neck & shoulders: Pain associated with TMD can be localised to the jaw, but it can also radiate to other areas of the face and neck. The pain can be constant or intermittent, and it can range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain. This pain can make it difficult to eat, speak and even sleep.
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw: Some people with TMD may experience clicking or popping sounds in the jaw when they open or close their mouths. This is usually due to the displacement of the disc that cushions the joint. While it may not be painful, it can be annoying and may cause concern for some people.
  • Difficulty opening or closing the jaw: Another common symptom of TMD is difficulty in opening or closing the jaw. This can make it difficult to eat or speak and can be frustrating for those who experience it.
  • Headaches: TMD can also cause headaches, which can be mild or severe. The headaches may be localised to the temples or forehead or can be felt throughout the head. They may be a result of tension in the muscles of the head and neck.

Not everyone with TMD will experience all of these symptoms. The symptoms can also come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the condition. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment from a healthcare professional who specialises in TMD.

How Is TMJ Dysfunction Diagnosed?

To diagnose TMD, doctors usually rely on a patient’s reported symptoms and a physical examination. In some cases, imaging studies like x-rays or MRIs might be necessary to identify underlying issues. As for treatment, options vary depending on the cause of the TMD and can include manual therapy, medication, splints, or bite guards. In severe cases, surgery might be needed to alleviate the symptoms.

Revolutionary TMJ Treatment At MVMT Sports Chiropractic

At MVMT Sports Chiropractic, the treatment of TMJ dysfunction takes a non-traditional approach. We recognise that the neurological and myofascial relationship of the jaw is just as important as biomechanical assessment. Therefore, our treatment protocol includes a range of cutting-edge techniques, such as high-level laser therapy, dry needling, myofascial release, and neurological rehabilitation, to ensure the best possible outcome.

The team at MVMT Sports Chiropractic is passionate about treating TMJ dysfunction, with our founder having experienced the condition personally, following a rugby union injury many years ago. We understand your pain.

In addition to our in-house expertise, we work closely with TMJ specialists, dentists, and orofacial myologists to guarantee the greatest results.

Say Goodbye To TMJ Dysfunction Today

A comprehensive assessment takes just one hour, and treatment is provided on the same day. If the patient’s case is severe, we can arrange an urgent consultation with a leading specialist for immediate care.

If you’re suffering from TMJ dysfunction, don’t wait any longer to seek treatment! The team at MVMT Sports Chiropractic provides personalised care that targets the neurological and myofascial relationship of the jaw, promising the best possible outcome.
Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a pain-free life.