All About TMJ Pain

For those who have experienced TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain or TMD (temporomandibular disorder), they know it all too well. You might just have pain in the jaw area or an associated clicking or popping noise when you open and close your mouth.

The TMJ is the joint formed by your skull and jawbone and is moved by your chewing muscles. The joint structure resembles that of a sliding hinge and it allows for the opening and closing of your mouth as well as side-to-side movement. Think about the range of activities that this jaw undergoes in a day – chewing, talking, yawning, eating and many other associated actions.

TMJ pain can come from irritation of the muscles that accompany the joint or the neck and shoulders (pain referral), displacement of the small cartilaginous disc that’s part of the joint structure and/or arthritis or other joint disease that lead to dysfunctional movement of the TMJ.

Your risk of developing this kind of pain or dysfunction can increase from the following:

  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding (could be at night)
  • Injury/direct blow

TMJ pain can be managed effectively by taking the appropriate steps that may include:

  • Food modification (puree or softer consistency foods)
  • Avoiding aggravating jaw movements
  • Ice
  • Stress reduction
  • Jaw exercises/stretches (As shown below)

 Gold Fish exercise – perform 6 sets of 6 reps daily.

 Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and one finger in front of your ear where your TMJ is located. Put your middle or pointer finger on your chin. Drop your lower jaw halfway and then close. There should be mild resistance but not pain.

You may repeat this exercise while dropping your lower jaw completely and then closing it. A variation of this exercise is to place one finger on each TMJ as you drop your lower jaw halfway and closed again.

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Manual Release of Joint Capsule and Ligaments.

Easy way to measure: You should be able to place your index, middle and fourth finger vertically in between your teeth. The exercise below will help relax the ligaments and release tension in your Jaw.

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TMJ trigger points:

 Place your index finger inside your mouth on the outside of your teeth.  Follow your teeth around to the superior (top) part of your TMJ. Find the Ligaments (This will be the tenderest part) that your chiropractor has shown you how to find. Hold this for at least 30 Seconds. Repeat several times on both sides of the jaw. The picture below shows the area you will be targeting.

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Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce the negative effects of TMJ pain and dysfunction. Upper cervical specific technique in particular addresses bones at the very top of your spine that closely influence the structure and muscles surrounding the TMJ. Our structural chiropractors at Revolution Chiropractic are trained in this technique and apply it when necessary. Co-management with a dentist may also be required.

However you choose to address your TMJ problems, just know that there are options available to you and that you can consult with one of our structural chiropractors on getting help.

 

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Whiplash – A Quick Guide

 

What is it?

 

Whiplash is caused by sudden hyperflexion (forward) and hyperextension (backwards) movement of the neck. This kind of quick movement stretches the soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments, in your neck beyond their usual normal limits, resulting in damage of these structures.

 

How is classified?

 

The Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) grading system

WAD I: Neck pain + stiffness or tenderness only. No physical signs.

II: Neck pain + musculoskeletal signs (reduced range of motion)

III: Neck pain + neurological signs (numbness or tingling, weakness, decreased or absent reflexes)

IV: Neck pain + fracture or dislocation of the vertebrae in the neck.

It can be difficult to tell which grade you have, but the most common grade of whiplash is WAD II

 

How does it happen?

 

Most people associate whiplash with car accidents, but it can also happen in contact sports, rollercoasters and even head banging too hard at concerts. It can basically happen in any situation where abrupt head movement is involved.

 

What are the signs and symptoms?

 

The following are some signs that you are experiencing whiplash.

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Vertigo

 

How long does it last for?

 

This answer is different for every person, but typically the average human recovers within 6 months. That being said, it may take years to recover for those with prolonged symptoms.

It depends on the severity of the injury, how soon your you start treatment, how well you stick to your treatment, if you’ve had a whiplash injury before and whether you have any pre-existing conditions.

 

How do you treat it?

 

Easy, the 10-10-10 Protocol.

Initial treatment of whiplash should consist of 10 minutes of ice application, removal for 10 minutes and reapplication for another 10 minutes. Then repeat.

A structural chiropractor can provide the proper treatment and exercises to restore function and get you back to your normal daily activities sooner. Delayed treatment may hinder overall recovery time, so the sooner you start treatment, the better!

 

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