Young Woman Suffering From Terrible Strong Jaw Pain
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The temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) or TMJ is one of the most heavily used joints in the body.

 The TMJ/jaw is used in many day-to-day tasks such as eating, talking, breathing and facial expression. This high workload combined with the complexity of the joint structure means that the TMJ/jaw can quite often be a source of pain and dysfunction, which is referred to as TMJ disorder or TMD.

Symptoms of TMJ/Jaw Pain

Symptoms of TMJ/jaw pain and dysfunction can vary with everyone. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain around jaw and ear
  • Clicking or grinding noises
  • Limited range of movement
  • Jaw locking
  • Ear clicking or popping (disc displacement)
  • Headache or neck pain
  • Teeth clenching
  • Pain getting worse as the day goes on
  • Uncomfortable bite

Why Is My Jaw Clicking?

The clicking or popping that is often associated with this disorder most often comes from movement and displacement of the articular cartilage disc that sits between the joint surfaces.

The clicking can occur throughout different phases of movement and in all different directions. It may be a result of joint hypermobility or degradation of the cartilage itself.

Causes of TMJ/Jaw Pain

The cause of TMJ/jaw pain is likely to be related to several contributing factors, these include:

  • Nocturnal jaw clenching
  • Teeth grinding
  • Psychological stress
  • Local trauma or history of trauma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Joint hypermobility syndromes
  • Derangement/displacement of cartilage
  • Occlusal problems – poor bite, underbite, overbite
  • Removal of wisdom teeth
  • Poor cervical posture
  • Neuropsychological factors

Chiropractic Treatment of TMJ/Jaw Pain

Treatment for TMJ/jaw pain varies on a case-by-case basis. Everyone is different, and our treatment is tailored to suit that person and the diagnosis.
At Impulse Chiropractic our methods for treatment include:

  • Massage and muscle release techniques
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Dry needling
  • Isometric stability exercises
  • Stretching and self-release techniques
  • Stress management strategies

For some issues such as dental occlusion and teeth grinding patients may need to consult their dentist to have a splint or plate made for them. Chiropractic therapy for TMJ opening disorders is usually successful.

For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Chiropractors you can use the Contact or Book Online now buttons at the top of this page, call our North Curl Curl practice on (02) 9939 8817, or visit Impulse Chiropractic & Natural Therapies‘ state of the art Chiropractic clinic at 15/64 Pitt Road in North Curl Curl.

Common Conditions We Treat


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Neck pain

Neck pain is becoming an increasingly common issue throughout the world, with around two thirds of people experiencing neck pain at some point in their life.

Low Back pain

Low back pain is our most common complaint presenting to Impulse Chiropractic. Low back pain affects approximately 60-80% of people throughout their lifetime.

Thoracic/Rib Pain

Increased usage of technology, increased sedentary lifestyles, working from home and adoption of poor postures has contributed to more people suffering from thoracic and rib pain.

Coccyx Pain

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Hip Pain

Sedentary lifestyles and increased time sitting can have a negative impact on hip function and mobility. This makes us more susceptible to pain and injury.

Shoulder pain

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