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TMJD: Causes, Symptoms, and Natural Treatments

TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disfunction, occurs when there is inflammation and tightness of the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. The temporomandibular joint acts as a sliding hinge as it connects your jaw to your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw.

Nearly 35 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorder. 95 percent of those diagnosed are women. Often, TMJD pain is caused by several underlying causes. The good news? Dr. Dee and her staff at Healing Hands Chiropractic can help determine the cause of your TMJD pain and effectively treat it!

Check out this video to watch Dr. Fisher explain TMJD!

Causes of TMJD

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) uses a hinge action with sliding motions. The parts of the jaw bone that work with the TMJ joint are covered with cartilage and separated by a small disc. This disc absorbs shock and keeps the jaw movement smooth.

The TMJ joints are the most active joints in the body! They move around about 2,000 times a day.

It’s only within the last decade that scientists have started to recognize the important relationship between the cervical spine and the TMJ.

Symptoms of TMJD

TMJD have several symptoms that impact different parts of the body. Are you or anyone you know suffering from the following symptoms?

Head Pain, Headache

  • forehead pain
  • temples ache
  • migraines
  • sinus pain
  • shooting pain up the back of the head
  • hair or scalp painful to touch


  • pain behind eyes
  • blood shot eyes
  • sensitivity to light


  • discomfort
  • limited opening of mouth
  • inability to open the mouth smoothly
  • jaw slides to one side when opening
  • lock jaw


  • clenching
  • grinding
  • looseness or soreness of back teeth


  • difficulty swallowing
  • laryngitis
  • sore throat with no infection
  • voice irregularities
  • frequent coughing or clearing of throat


  • poor mobility
  • neck pain
  • stiffness
  • tired, sore neck muscles
  • shoulder and back aches
  • arm or finger numbness or pain


  • clicking or popping jaw joints
  • grating noises
  • pain in cheek muscles


  • hissing, bussing, or ringing
  • decreased hearing
  • ear pain without infection
  • vertigo or dizziness

If you have these symptoms often, it’s time to talk to your doctor of chiropractic. We can help identify the cause of your TMJD and form a treatment plan that will treat your TMJD safely, naturally, and effectively. Give our offices a call at (312) 988-9655 to schedule your appointment!

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help with TMJD

The National Institute of Health states that symptoms of TJMD can come and go on their own on occasion.

For mild cases of TMJD, sometimes the only treatment needed is learning relaxation therapies. These therapies are typically useful for those who find themselves grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw.

For those with more severe TMJD pain, a course of specific chiropractic treatment is effective. Dr. Fisher at Gold Coast Chiropractic has been helping the good people of Chicago with their TMJD pain for years!

How does Gold Coast Chiropractic treat TMJD? First, Dr. Fisher treats the source of TMJD, rather than treating its symptoms. Treatment plans for TMJD may include:

  • Any misalignment in the neck impacts how the jaw works and moves. So Dr. Fisher, works on helping the neck regain its natural and correct curve and position. With his incredible skill, Dr. Fisher will locate and correct any misalignments in the neck.
  • Once the head and neck are in proper alignment, nerve pain and muscle spasms are reduced
  • Chiropractic treatment continues by helping calm down any muscle spasms and promoting relaxation. This reduces the stress on the jaw — minimizing pain in the head, face, and neck
  • Gold Coast Chiropractic follows up with a program of rehabilitation. This ensures the jaw functions correctly and that we are able to keep it that way!

The beauty of chiropractic treatment for TMJD is that it is safe, natural, and effective. While modern treatments of TMJD include over the counter medications, prescription medications, or even surgery, chiropractic treatment takes a conservative approach. Chiropractic also treats TMJD pain at its source, while over the counter and prescription medications simply treat the symptoms.

When chiropractic treatment for TMJD is administered correctly, it will not only help treat the causes and symptoms of TMJD, it will provide pain relief as well. The best part? It can even help TMJD from coming back!

Dr. Fisher may give you exercises to complete at home to help maximize and build upon your treatment in the clinic. These exercises will help strengthen your joints and continue your treatment therapy. This combined treatment plan will help you stay pain free and keep TMJD at bay!

Give our offices a call at (312) 988-9655 to schedule your appointment!

Gold Coast Chiropractic Can Help

Too many people have accepted TMJD pain as a part of their day to day life. They settle for changes such as eating only soft foods or taking medications. The problem with this mentality is that it offers no hope for healing, and never addresses the root cause of TMJD!

At Gold Coast Chiropractic, we don’t want our patients to simply “get by” and “deal” with their pain. You deserve better! We firmly believe that chiropractic care is a safe, natural, and effective treatment option for TMJD. Our office can help treat your TMJD pain once and for all, and have you living a pain free life!

Dr. Fisher’s chiropractic care can provide pain relief, restore jaw function, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the jaw. This means no more TMJD pain, and no need to rely on pain killers or uncomfortable mouth guards! Starting living your life free of TMJD pain today.

There’s no need to endure TMJD pain any longer. Give our offices a call at (312) 988-9655 to schedule your appointment! Start your path to healing today!

Gold Coast Chiropractic proudly serves the entire city of Chicago, including the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Magnificent Mile, Old Town, River North, The Loop, and Goose Island neighborhoods. We believe we are the best chiropractic office in the city — give us a call and schedule your appointment to see why!