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TMJ Technique

TMJ stands for “temporal mandibular joint.” It is the ball and socket joint that actually allows
the jaw to move. When there is a problem with the jaw, it is more medically called TMD,
for “temporal mandibular dysfunction.”

The jaw is made up of the maxilla and the mandible. The maxilla is the upper bone and fixed on
the skull while the mandible is lower bone, completely free of any other bone, but held in place
by four muscles. Three of the muscles help the jaw close and one helps it to open. Each muscle
has a right and left with one on the head (at the temples), one on the cheek/face and the other two
inside the mouth.

Jaw problems can occur from clenching or grinding of the teeth, bite imbalances, emotional
stress, nutritional imbalances, unresolved whiplash issues, parasites, toxins (metal and
chemicals), etc. If left untreated, over time, you can have clicking and/or popping upon opening
or closing of the mouth, bite imbalances, unnecessary wearing down of the bones at the joint,
neck pain and discomfort, shoulder tightness, headaches, etc. Any of these symptoms are an
indication there is a jaw imbalance. Another quick way to check for an imbalance is to look in
the mirror and open your mouth slowly. If you see your jaw deviate to one side, there is a muscle
imbalance that, if left untreated overtime, could lead to future problems.

Whether you call it TMJ or TMD, we have a technique our office designed to address your