Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) forms at the meeting of the temple and the mandible. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 10 million adults are affected by Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD), or Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD). Common causes of TMJD include poor posture, oral surgeries, bruxism (grinding teeth or jaw clenching at night), fracture, stress, or trauma. As a result, symptoms include jaw pain or fatigue, difficulty in jaw movement, ear ringing, dizziness, headache, neck pain, or popping sounds in your jaw. Through a thorough assessment and treatment plan, physical therapy can help those suffering from TMJD.What to expect in a TMJ AssessmentPosture analysisAssess upper and lower c-spine mobilityPalpate head, neck, and jaw musculatureMeasure jaw motion and observe trackingClassify whether the joint is involvedHow Physical Therapy helpsDecrease TMJ inflammationDecrease muscle imbalances with:Soft tissue releaseStretching exercisesStrengthening exercisesImprove postural alignmentTeach proper body mechanicsRestore normal function and mobility of TMJRestore normal tongue resting position, coordination, and strengthEducation of positions and foods to avoidPhysical therapy treatment of jaw pain and dysfunction is available at select Elite Integrated Therapy Centers locations. For more information, contact our offices or schedule an appointment with one of our therapists today!