Chiropractic Care and TMJ Dysfunction - Part I: Anatomy and Physiology

CHIROPRACTIC CARE AIMS TO REINTRODUCE PROPER BIOMECHANICS THE TMJ THROUGH GENTLE MANIPULATION, MUSCLE WORK, AND HOMECARE EXERCISES.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE AIMS TO REINTRODUCE PROPER BIOMECHANICS THE TMJ THROUGH GENTLE MANIPULATION, MUSCLE WORK, AND HOMECARE EXERCISES.

To the surprise of some, chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for more than just back pain. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction is just one of the many conditions for which chiropractic care can provide relief. The TMJ is one of the most used joints in the body, making it a common culprit of pain and dysfunction.

Anatomy of the TMJ

Located just in front of the ear, the temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint that connects the jaw to the skull. It is the joint responsible for moving the jaw up and down and side-to-side, allowing talking and chewing to occur.  The TMJ complex is comprised of many structures, including the mandible (jaw) and temporal bones, the sphenomandibular and lateral ligaments, a joint capsule, the masseter and pterygoid muscles, and an articular disc ...Read More