The temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-man-DIB-u-lur) joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorders — a type of temporomandibular disorder or TMD — can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
The exact cause of a person's TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Your pain may be due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis or jaw injury. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth (bruxism), although many people habitually clench or grind their teeth and never develop TMJ disorders.
Approximately 80% of people with TMD are completely unaware.
So other than the obvious symptom of jaw pain and jaw issues like clicking or popping, pain in cheek, limited jaw opening, face pain and stiffness; here are some other issues that can be caused by TMD:
Ear issues like ringing, dizziness, vertigo, ache, fullness;
Head issues like sore forehead or temples, headaches, migraines;
Nose issues like sinus pain, stuffy nose;
Neck, shoulder & back issues like lack of mobility, soreness, stiffness, arm & finger numbness;
Eye issues like pain behind, above or below, sensitivity to light;
Teeth issues like clenching or grinding at night, looseness or soreness of back teeth, unexplained tooth pain.
We don’t know exactly what causes TMD. Dentists believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself.
Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck -- like from a heavy blow or whiplash -- can lead to TMD. Other causes include:
Grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint poor bite or under/over bite;
Wisdom teeth removal;
Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint;
Arthritis in the joint;
Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth.
During the assessment on myself I realised how much my jaw clicked, my limited mouth opening and range of movement in my neck. After treating myself my nose began to run and when I woke up the next day my sinuses were so much clearer. I didn’t even realise they weren’t clear!
The protocol I use was developed approximately 15 years ago by a licensed medical professional combining her decades of knowledge and clinical experience in Acupuncture and Physiotherapy. The protocol has remain unchanged for all those years.
The holistic protocol includes the following treatments:
Evaluation of the areas of pain, and function of the jaw
Meridian Balancing (a non-needle acupuncture technique that balances and harmonises the autonomic nervous system which controls many of the functions of the body)
Treatment of local and distal acupuncture points using microcurrent acupressure/non-needle acupuncture
Application of Claraderm essential oil spray
Local microcurrent stimulation to reduce inflammation, relax tense muscles and restore normal jaw function
Information package on methods to reduce stress on your TMJ
Information will be provided on natural pain relieving methods for home use
The protocol is non-invasive, needle and pain free and non-toxic.
A fellow practitioner shares her experience.
Pricing & Sessions
Most find 5 sessions are sufficient however depending upon individual TMJ condition and lifestyle factors, more or less sessions may be required.
Initial consultation and session - $85.00 (approx. 45-60 min)
Follow up session - $85.00 (approx 30-45 min)
Pre-payment of 5 sessions $397 (save $28.00). If less sessions are required the balance can be refunded or put towards other services.