Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ Disorder)
The TMJ is the most used joint in the body. TMJ Dysfunction is fairly common and symptoms vary from mild to severe. Females are four times as likely to suffer from this condition. The TMJ is made up of two main joints: the temporal bone (skull) and the mandible (jaw) united by the cartilage, the disc and the synovial capsule.
TMJ Dysfunction is characterized by popping/clicking, grating sounds with movement, altered movement patterns, jaw protrusion, difficulty opening and closing the mouth and pain. TMJ Dysfunction is brought about through imbalances in the muscles of mastication (chewing), whiplash, bruxism (tooth grinding), and stress related disorders. TMJ Dysfunction can result in headaches and migraines.