Possible signs and symptoms
of TMJ dysfunction
Tight cheek muscles
What causes TMJ / jaw pain?
TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) is a collective term for a broad range of disorders displaying a variety of signs—
Radiating pain in the face, neck, or shoulders
Limited movement or locking of the jaw
Painful clicking or grating when opening or closing the mouth
Significant change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
Symptoms can also include headaches, earaches, dizziness, hearing problems, and difficulty swallowing.*
Cervical spine (neck) disorders are perpetuating factors for TMJD, although most patients do not attribute these symptoms to neck problems.
*American Chiropractic Association (2001)
Treating TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction with Chiropractic Care
The Journal of Oral Rehabilitation recommends examination of the cervical spine (neck) in TMJD patients, even without cervical complaints. These findings are supported by the journal of Cranio and Clinical Oral Investigation as well.
At Wāv, Dr. Felicia is trained to examine your neck and jaw, in addition to a comprehensive functional spinal assessment, to determine the best course of co-managed care with your oral health physician (Dentist, Orthodontist, etc.).
The position of the head and neck are intricately connected. With proper care and treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders, TMJD patients can achieve improved function and pain relief. Treatments at Wāv enable the body to respond to dental changes so that care received from your oral health physician has greater and lasting results.
Dr. Felicia has trained with the some of leading TMJ Chiropractors in the nation, Dr. Mitch Mally D.C, and Dr. Alex Vidan D.C to bring Berks County specific chiropractic protocols in TMJD. At Wāv we will do a comprehensive functional spinal assessment, specific TMJ objective assessment, and design a personalized chiropractic treatment plan. Dr. Felicia co-manages with Oral Health Care providers to ensure patients are receiving the best treatment possible for their condition.