Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder

TMJ disorder is defined as pain in the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of TMJ disorder may include the following:

  • Pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Aching pain in and around the ear
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close the mouth

TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when the mouth is opened or with chewing.

Conventional treatments include medication (anti-inflammatories, tri-cyclic antidepressants and muscle relaxants), oral splints or mouth guards, physical therapy, counseling or even surgery.

Matrix Repatterning practitioners recognize that certain injuries can cause alterations in the shape of the bone structure related to the teeth, the jaw and most importantly, the bones of the skull. The ‘temporo‘ in temporomandibular joint, refers to the temporal bone, a part of the base of the skull, which is injured in many instances of head trauma, including concussion. By restoring the structure of the skull, jaw and even the position of the teeth, Matrix Repatterning can help improve and even relieve many cases of TMJ disorder.

To find out more about how Matrix Repatterning can help you recover from the effects of TMJ disorder and many other conditions, contact us or go to the ‘Find a Practitioner’ section of this website, to locate a CMRP in your area.