Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorders are characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues and limitation in jaw movements. One or both joints may be involved and depending on the severity, can affect a person’s ability to speak, eat, chew, swallow and laugh. TMJ disorders may arise as a result of systemic diseases such as arthritis or may be pure local in origin, for example capsular trauma, condylar fracture or merely dysfunction.
A problem in the TMJ area includes pain, clicking, occlusion problems affecting range of movement and poor alignment. Some of the techniques used to help TMJ problems include spinal and TMJ treatment mobilization techniques and postural exercises.