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TMJ Dysfunction

 The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most used joints in the body.  It connects the lower jaw, called the mandible, to the temporal bone at the side of the head.  Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control its position and movement.  When it works well, it moves smoothly up and down and side to side, allowing us to talk, chew, and yawn with ease. For people with TMJ dysfunction, problems with the joint and muscles around it may cause:

  • Pain that travels through the face, jaw, neck, or shoulder
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw when opening or closing the mouth
  • A sudden major change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Headaches, earaches, dizziness, and hearing problems may also be related to issues in the TM joint. 

There are 3 main categories of TMJ dysfunction:TMJ Dysfunction - ATX Acupuncture in Portland, ME

  • Muscle disorder: the most common form of TMJ disorder; related to myofascial pain in the muscles that directly control jaw function as well as those in the neck and shoulder
  • Joint derangement disorder: caused by dislocated jaw, displaced disc, injured bone
  • Degenerative joint disorder: related to wear and tear that leads to destruction of the cartilage covering the TM joint

At ATX Acupuncture, we are in a unique position to address all categories of TMJ dysfunction with a combination of:

  • Acupuncture for pain relief and moving stagnant qi and blood in the meridians; also for stress management when TMJ dysfunction is rooted in stress-induced teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and myofascial therapy to release tight muscles, fascial restrictions, and trigger points, and to gently shift the bony structures of the cranium and jaw into their proper alignment
  • Herbal supplements as necessary for pain relief, muscle tension, and bone support (as in degenerative conditions)

We have substantial clinical experience in treating a variety of TMJ dysfunctions, and we treat the root cause as well as the symptoms--providing you with lasting relief.  There is no reason for you to suffer one more day.  Make an appointment TODAY, schedule your free 15 minute consultation, or contact us with any questions about your particular health concern. 

Alexa Gilmore

Phone (207) 756-4301

Fax (866) 566-0298

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TMJ Dysfunction - ATX Acupuncture in Portland, ME