TMJ Joint: Not to be Overlooked

Did you know that the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint or jaw joint) is something that we can work on here in our treatments?

35-40% of all sensory input to the brain is related to the TMJ joint, making it one of the most important joints in the body. In fact, the TMJ joint relates to every single joint in the body.

A few rules of the TMJ: 3 knuckles of your non-dominant hand should fit in the mouth with jaw opening, and all teeth should be in simultaneous contact when you bite down (you may need to have a dentist who is specialized in this align your bite. I found a great one for anyone looking for a holistic dentist). There should also be no clicks or pops with jaw opening and closing.

During our treatments, I check the TMJ joint and TMJ muscles using muscle testing. We can identify teeth or muscles that are problematic, and then apply some treatment accordingly. Oftentimes, the atlas bone in the upper neck will become misaligned with TMJ problems. There can also be other spinal misalignments related to the TMJ. 
The jaw is also related to the stomach meridian, so sometimes we may need to do work on the stomach, or give nutritional support such as B12, or others.

 

 

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