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TMJD – What Chiropractors Can Do to Help

TMJD, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a common diagnosis that most do not realize can be treated by chiropractors.

In this blog, we will discuss:

  • What is TMJD?
  • What musculature is involved?
  • What does treatment look like at IHS for TMJD?

What is TMJD?

TMJD, in general, is dysfunction involving the tempormandibular joint, aka the jaw, and muscles of mastication, aka the muscles that control the jaw.  This can lead to pain, decreased range of motion, headaches, sensitivity, and many other symptoms.

 What musculature is involved?

Pictured below are the jaw muscles themselves, as well as the sub occipital muscles located on the back of your neck. Tension in either of these areas can cause anterior head carriage, leading to jaw dysfunction. Common causes include, clenching, grinding, stress, desk occupations, trauma, and multiple others.

What does treatment look like at IHS for TMJD?

We implement an integrated approach that addresses the musculature and the TMJ itself. Dry needling will help repair the tissue itself. Then soft tissue therapy will be performed both superficially, and internally to the pterygoids, to provide relief. Manipulation to the cervical and thoracic spine, if needed, for any restrictions present due to the tension. Finally, an in-depth rehab approach each patient can use at home, should any symptoms arise in the future. Call us for an exam and consult today!

Content provided by Dr. Jen Brenneisen

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