TMJ syndrome is
a condition in which the temporomandibular joint does not function
properly. This joint connects the temporal bone (the bone that
forms the side of the skull) with the mandibular (the jaw bone.)
Pain from the dysfunction of the jaw radiates to the face, neck
and shoulders. It may also cause difficulty in opening your mouth.
The most common causes of TMJ are
stress, misaligned bite, grinding of the teeth, poor posture and
whiplash. The TMJ self test is to place your little fingers in
your ears, then slowly and steadily open and close your jaw. If
you at any point hear a clicking, popping or grinding noise, the
jaw may be out of alignment. Examination by a professional in
diagnosing and treating TMJ is advisable.
Tension in the muscles of the
jaw can cause headaches, toothaches, dizziness, pressure behind
the eyes, pain, ringing in the ears and limited opening and closing
of the jaw. Along with physical therapy and TMJ exercise, a trained
massage therapist is a great adjunct to relieving stress in the
muscles of the jaw.