Everyone has TMJ
In fact, we all have two TMJs, one in front of each ear, connecting the lower jaw bone (the mandible) to the skull. TemporoMandibular Joints, or the TMJ’s are the hinges that allow us to open and close our mouths. These joints allow for all biting, chewing and swallowing food, for speaking and for making facial expressions.
For those whose joints or muscles of the jaw mechanism are not functioning properly, pain is no stranger. Many symptoms can arise, among them, neck and shoulder tension, migraine and/or chronic headaches, jaw muscle stiffness, limited movement or locking of the jaw, painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth, and pain and ringing in the ears.
Working these powerful muscles requires specialized training, and Neuromuscular Therapy has equipped me with the skill to address the muscles of the jaw, inside the mouth and out, often relieving the headaches, tension, pain and other gripping effects associated with TMJ dysfunction. The protocol for anterior neck and intraoral work can be uncomfortable, so good communication and trust between client and therapist is vital.