The temporomandibular joint is actually two pairs of joints that make it possible for the jawbone to rotate and slide. This joint connects the lower jaw to the skull. The temporomandibular joints can be found on either side of the head in front of the ears. These joints allow us to talk, chew and yawn. The lower jaw has rounded ends that glide in and out of the joint socket when you talk, chew or yawn. These are called the condyles. They are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which keeps the movement smooth.
TMJ & Jaw Problems can occur from:
- Wear and tear on the cartilage.
- Damage to the surfaces of the teeth due to neglect or injury.
- Loose or lost teeth that have led to damage of the jawbone or poor alignment of the upper and lower jaws.
- Poor alignment of the teeth or jaw when biting down. This can cause sensitivity of the teeth as well as affecting the muscles and the temporomandibular joint.
- Overuse of the muscles of chewing. This may occur if a person chews gum continuously, bites fingernails or pencils, grinds the teeth, has a habit of clenching the jaw, biting the cheek or lip or thrusting the jaw out when speaking, exercising or other actions.
- Erosion or improper movement of the disk.
- Damage to the joint from a blow or other impact.
- Trigger points in the muscle tissue that cause myofascial pain syndrome.
- Infections deep in the jaw or other dental problems
Most experts agree that treatment should begin with conservative, nonsurgical therapies first, with surgery left as the last resort therefore as a integrative modality Bio-Touch has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ & Jaw Problems. Family members and friends can learn how to help each other feel better using Bio-Touch, without being concerned about nega
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