“I’ve got TMJ” It’s a pretty common statement which is a bit of a misnomer.
Everyone has TMJ. Why? The TMJ is the tempo-mandibular joint (TMJ). We all have it. What people are probably trying to say is that they have TMJ disorder, aka pain and dysfunction of the jaw while opening or closing your mouth.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is a term used to describe a group of problems that cause pain in the temporomandibular joint, also called the TMJ. These problems can arise from irritation of the muscles around the joint, the disc within the joint, or the bony portion of the joint itself. If you have TMD, you may notice jaw clicking, limited mouth opening, possible jaw locking, and pain around your jaw.
Conservative treatment is shown to be extremely effective in reducing pain in those experiencing TMD! E3 Chiropractic in Saskatoon is here to help anyone who is experiencing jaw pain.
Understand Jaw Pain
• Overuse from commonly chewing on one side of your mouth
• Keeping the mouth open for extended periods (like at the dentist)
• Improper bite
From a physical standpoint, the best way to prevent TMJ disorder is to wear proper mouthpieces while playing sports, wear mouth guards while sleeping, chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth, cut tough meats and other foods into small pieces and minimize gum chewing.