Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD or TMJ)

About Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) describes the problems that may occur at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint is where your jaw bone attaches to the skull. It is a complex joint that has to slide forward and drop down in order for your jaw to open. It moves thousands of times a day with talking and eating. The joint has a disc within it and has many ligaments and muscles that coordinate movements.

The TMJ relies heavily on proper posture and joint alignment to function well. The posture and positioning of the neck and head play a large role in the proper functionality of muscles surrounding the TMJ. Abnormal muscle pulls can lead to altered movement of the TMJ and result in pain.

How physical therapy helps:

Physical therapy helps people who suffer with TMD in a number of ways. Our physical therapists work with you to determine the exact mechanisms of your TMJ and any factors contributing to poor alignment of the TMJ, neck, and head.The normal muscle balance and movement of the TMJ can be restored by improving posture, movement and function. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to discover how we can help relieve your pain.