The  temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is like a sliding hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull. You have one joint on each side of the jaw, near the ears and they’re vital in the opening and closing motions of your jaw.

What is TMJ Dysfunction?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can cause pain and/or stiffness on your jaw, ears and temples, and a clicking or grinding noise when you move your jaw. It can can also cause problems using the jaw, affecting the ability to eat, chew, speak, swallow or breath.

It can be affected only one jaw or both.


The most common symptom is a dull pain in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear, which comes and goes.

  • pain around your jaw, ear and temple
  • clicking, popping or grinding noises when you move your jaw
  • a headache around your temples
  • difficulty opening your mouth fully
  • your jaw locking when you open your mouth
  • tinnitus
  • vertigo
  • ear pains without the presence of infection
  • face/neck/shoulders/back pain

The pain may be worse when chewing and when you feel stressed. TMD can also stop you getting a good night’s sleep

Some people report no pain, but still have problems using the jaw.

Causes of TMJ dysfunction

  • a trauma, injury or accident to the neck, jaw or head (e.g. whiplash)
  • misalignment of the teeth or jaw,
  • teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism),
  • displacement of the jaw disc,
  • imbalances of the bite (occlusal imbalances/malocclusion)
  • poor posture, 
  • stress, 
  • gum chewing on a regular basis.
  • locking of the jaw joint
  • a chronic illness (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue)
  • extensive dental work or extractions that put stress on TM joints
  • excessive telephone use (bending the head to one side whilst on the phone, or even to cradle the phone between head and shoulder)

What to expect during the TMJ therapy® session?

The TMJ Therapy® protocol includes intra- and extra oral work. The aim is to rebalance the mandible, bring everything in a natural balance, also to release fascial restriction and release the muscles around the jaw .

The TMJ therapy® does not intend to be a substitute for seeking proper medical advice. Always consult your GP and/or dentist if you have any concerns about your health, or are currently under medical supervision.