People will often experience a clicking, popping or grinding sound or sensation when eating or yawning. This may or may not be accompanied by pain.
By inserting acupuncture needles directly into the disfunctional muscle or soft tissue, we are able to stimulate a nervous system response that often decreases muscle tension and pain, and allows for more movement and better quality movement of the TMJ.
Our chiropractor Dr Avni Harit is specially trained in dry needling for many conditions including TMJD.
Laser therapy is a painless treatment that can penetrate deep into the soft tissues and boney structures of the temporomandibular joint. Through various biological pathways, laser stimulates improved cell function, decreases inflammation, decreases pain, and can significantly speed healing.
Often jaw pain, clicking and popping is caused by an imbalance of the various muscles that control the movements of the lower jaw and the articular disc. By manually treating these muscles, we are able to normalise muscular function and length, and often decrease painful symptoms.
Disfunction of the TMJ is often a complex condition. By treating the joints of the cervical spine, the muscles of the head, neck and face, we can often significantly improve the quality of TMJ movement and decrease pain associated with jaw movement. Our Calgary chiropractors can also directly treat the temporomandibular joint to help restore proper function.
TMJD and jaw pain can have numerous causes. Occasionaly a disorder of the TMJ is brought on by an acute trauma (slip and fall, car accident etc.) but it is more often the result of a chronic, repetitive motion that has lead to a musculoskeletal impairment. Some of the more common biomechanical reasons for TMJ pain are:
Our clinicians are trained in the orthopedic assessment and treatment of TMJD by using a variety of innovative and researched based interventions to correct determine the underlying cause of your jaw pain, and correct the impairment. The assessment will often involve having you open and close your mouth, neck range of motion, measurements, and a discussion regarding your symptoms. After gathering all of this information, your clinician will be able to determine the likely underlying cause of your pain, and be able to recommend the best course of treatment to allow for a lasting resolution of your symptoms.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is commonly referred to as the jaw joint. The TMJ is a complex joint with many moving parts. It is composed of 2 bones (the mandible and temporal bone), cartiledge, an articular disc, joint capsule and various muscle and ligaments. All of these structures must work together to allow for the lower jaw to open and close properly and in a pain-free way. Temporomandibular joint disfunction (TMJD, or most often referred to as just TMJ) is when the joint fails to operate correctly leading to various uncomfortable symptoms. TMJD is quite common, with 1 in 4 people developing some signs and symptoms of TMJD at some point in their life.