What is TMD?
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located just in front of each ear and are the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the skull. The TMJ is a crucial component of orofacial function, being the main source of movement for anything involving the mouth. Breathing, eating and speech all rely heavily on optimal function of the TMJ.
It is often the case that imbalances in the function of the facial musculature lead to problems with the TMJ. Given the frequency of its use, improper TMJ function compounds very quickly, and can soon become a source of severe orofacial pain. TMD will also limit and interfere with a person’s ability to perform basic tasks like chewing and speech. Needless to say, this can be problematic as well as uncomfortable and in some cases cause severe pain.
TMD occurs as much as four times more frequently in women than in men. Many people are surprised to learn that both children and adolescents can experience TMD as well.
As with orofacial myofunctional disorders, effective treatment begins at the foundation of the problem rather than the symptoms however treatment may relieve the symptoms. This means addressing the muscles that support and move the lower jaw and correcting their function and strength over time to promote correct and painless movements. The TMJ is just one part of the complex orofacial system, and as such treatment necessitates a holistic approach to overall myofacial health. With treatment and time, the patient adopts subconsciously optimal, harmonious orofacial muscle activities. The results include pain free eating, speech, emotional expressions as well as the reduction of the pain and discomfort that often accompanies TMD.
Many people have been through the treatment “round-about” and have seen many health practitioners in the quest to relieve their pain and discomfort.
Rochelle has extensive experience in treating TMD in patients of all ages. Get in touch with us to schedule a no-obligations consultation to discuss your issue and the treatment options available.