The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the point where the lower jaw attaches to the skull. The TMJ is a ball and socket, with the skull forming the socket, and the top of the jaw bone forming the ball. TMJ disorder or TMD is a term used to describe chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint.
Common symptoms of TMD include:
- pain in the TM joints associated with jaw movements
- locking episodes
- limited range of opening the mouth
- facial pain or facial muscle fatigue
- noises in the jaw like clicking, snapping, and popping
- frequent headaches
While mouth guards and medications work for some, temporomandibular joint pain treatment provided by Lori Malkoff, MD is approached systematically:
- the head is heavy and must sit on the neck and spine in a way that allows the jaw to work properly
- the relationship of the head to the neck, spine, and pelvis is altered in nearly all patients with TMJ disorder
- any deviation of the head and neck from a gravitationally functional position over the spine places excessive strain on the entire musculoskeletal system, and especially the muscles of the head and neck, including the muscles and joints of the TMJ
My approach to TMJ treatment assumes that faulty interactions between the above core body parts will cause an excessive strain and pain in TMJ and contribute to TMD. For example, depending on your habitual posture, your head will either assume a functional, pain free position or it may assume a faulty posture in response to the direction it gets from the spine and pelvis. Any faulty head position places the TMJ at risk for pain and wear and tear.
Visit Lori L. Malkoff, MD to relieve TMJ pain and TMD
TMJ and TMD relief comes from improving key relationships within the head and neck, and optimizing the function of the jaw as it relates to the core frame and pelvis. You will receive therapy that involves the whole body, along with gentle, painless exercises. My goal is to quickly, yet gently relieve your jaw pain and associated headaches, etc. while preventing your jaw pain from returning. My approach to treating the actual causes of your TMJ in addition to the jaw pain itself, allows a faster and more effective recovery than traditional therapies. Many find substantial TMJ and TMD pain relief after the very first 1-hour session! Duration of treatment and number of visits will vary depending on your particular issues.