Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction


Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, referred to as TMJ, occurs when there is dysfunction in jaw, which causes jaw pain, clicking, headaches, difficulty chewing and sometimes even jaw locking.⁣

Your temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are located in front of your ear. The temporomandibular joint area contains a small disc that sits between the two bones; this allows the joint to move efficiently when it’s functioning properly. This joint allows you to open your mouth up and down, and also side to side, which allows you to chew, yawn and talk!

What Causes TMJ?

Many experts believe TMJ can be caused by repeated clenching of the jaw, grinding of the teeth and stress. Additionally, arthritis, injury to the joint, your jaw and muscles in your head and neck.

TMJ may sometimes cause strong pain and discomfort, on both sides or sometimes only one side of your face. Most commonly, TMJ plagues men and women between the ages of 20 and 40. 


TMJ & How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help

In conjunction with realigning the neck, upper back and posture, our practice uses manual therapy, gentle chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture and laser treatment to help treat pain associated with TMJ. We closely work together with patients to implement corrective exercises that will help functionally retrain the muscles in the jaw. Our patients can expect to feel relief within a few weeks.

Call today and schedule your appointment!

If you are suffering from TMJ or jaw paint and are looking for TMJ treatment, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christine Foss by calling 973-616-4555 today. You can also fill out a contact form here.