TMJ Treatment Brighton
TMJ treatment is the treatment of problems with your jaw.
TMJ treatment can help with problems associated with jaw restrictions. The TMJ, or Temporo-mandibular Joint connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull, enabling you to open and shut your mouth and move the jaw from side to side, and front to back. Such positioning and movement is controlled by the muscles attached to and surrounding the joint. In between the bones is a small shock absorbing disk to keep movement smooth and cushion the joint.
TMJ disorders can cause pain in the area of the joint and associated muscles and/or problems using the jaw. Both or just one of the joints may be affected, and the ability of the disc to smoothly glide as you open and shut your mouth can be affected. TMJ disorders can go from something as simple as a clicking jaw to affecting a person’s ability to speak, eat, chew and swallow. Often people may be aware of grinding their teeth at night and may even have been given a mouth guard to wear. They can experience headaches, clicking and popping sounds, earache or being unable to open the jaw properly.
Effects of TMJ disorders:
- facial pain
- restricted jaw motion
- joint noise
- ear symptoms
- neck pain
- grinding teeth
TMJ issues can be caused by many reasons, such as dental work, wearing a brace, posture, chewing gum or whiplash. The jaw is also often held rigidly tight due to stress, and a reduction in the body’s sympathetic nervous system (ie the ‘fight or flight’ mode) can be very helpful in treating TMJ problems.
TMJ issues are frequently a result from restrictions originating further down in the body, maybe even as far as the hips. You may not particularly notice anything at first, but a restriction can have a ‘pull’ effect right up into the jaw area.
TMJ treatment involves using craniosacral therapy to locate and treat the source of restrictions and very gentle internal techniques to the mouth.