The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. As much as 12% of the population has signs of temporomandibular disorder (TMD), with a 2:1 ratio of females to males. The temporomandibular joints are suspended from the temporal bone of the head via ligaments and muscles, with many of these soft tissues inserted into the upper cervical regions for proper functioning.

Many factors can lead to TMD, including microtrauma, which could be as simple as habitual biting of the fingernails or pens, chewing gum, or resting your chin on your hands; an actual physical trauma of the face and/or upper neck region; or long, intense dental work. Tender points in the neck are also common in patients with TMD.


Symptoms of TMJ

  • facial pain
  • pain in the jaw and surrounding tissues
  • jaw locking upon opening and/or closing
  • jaw popping
  • headaches
  • limited mouth opening
  • neck, shoulder, and back pain

How Atlas Orthogonal can alleviate TMJ pain

At Vitalpoint Chiropractic, we focus on the upper cervical region as well as your temporomandibular joints, as they sit very close to the upper cervical complex, and the whole complex can affect the overall functions of your TMJ. Injuries, accidents, and lifestyle activities can cause misalignment of the atlas vertebra, which can irritate the surrounding areas including your jaw. It has been known that there is a strong association between neck disability and jaw disability.

Our chiropractors will conduct a thorough medical history and physical examination to determine what is happening with your spine and TMJ. Our job is to figure out the underlying cause of your pain and help to resolve the problem. Our chiropractors at Vitalpoint Chiropractic will develop a care plan to help resolve your TMD issues. Contact us to address your TMJ problems and neck pain together.

Information for new chiropractic patients

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