Facial Pain, Headache,Headache Relief,Headaches, Jaw Ache,Jaw Pain, Migraine,Migraine Relief,Migraines,TMJ, TMJ ReliefTMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction is a painful condition. It can make usually enjoyable activities such as eating and speaking difficult and uncomfortable. While the condition may only be experienced temporarily by some, for others it can become an ongoing problem. What are the symptoms and causes of TMJ dysfunction? Is there anything you can do about it? Read on to learn more.

Recognizing the Symptoms

TMJ dysfunction involves more than just pain. Consider the following symptoms:

  • Tenderness, numbness, or pain that begins in the jaw or joints of the jaw and radiates toward the ear or neck
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Lack of jaw mobility
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding sound when moving the jaw

While all of these symptoms may not be present, limited jaw movement is the most restrictive and should result in seeking medical care.

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Why TMJ Dysfunction Occurs

Many factors can affect the temporomandibular joint. For example, the jaw can become misaligned. This may be the result of an upper cervical subluxation. The joint can be damaged in an injury. Arthritis may also affect the jaw as cartilage is worn away.

As a result, anyone who experiences a TMJ problem after an injury to the neck or head should seek an upper cervical evaluation. This will help a person to see if a subluxation is responsible for the jaw discomfort.

Upper Cervical Care for TMJ Problems

At Read Health Center, we use the NUCCA technique. This is an extremely gentle form of upper cervical care. It involves using x-rays to identify the exact location and degree of misalignment. Then a low force adjustment gently shifts the vertebrae back into place. The result is a long-lasting adjustment that may take the pressure off of the TMJ and allow the facial muscles and nerves to relax. This has led to the relief of TMJ pain for some.

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