Problems with the jaw joint or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) are very common. I have successfully treated many cases of TMJ disorders and teach non-surgical treatments to doctors that help this disorder. Here's a few things to know:
Posture contributes to TMJ disorders (TMD). A recent study found posture problems aggravate muscular TMD. The most common are an overarching of the low back (lumbar hyperlordosis), forward head posture and knees turned inward (genu valgus). 
Hands-on treatments and adjustments to the Temporomandibular joint immediately improves the posture in patients with TMD, relieves jaw and facial pain and headaches, and corrects the jaw movement..
Hands-on adjustments and manual therapy has been shown to be more cost effective and less prone to side effects than dental treatment. 
Our office also works with TMJ specialists and dentists to relieve the pain and problems of TMJ disorders.
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 Amaral AP, et al. Immediate effect of nonspecific mandibular mobilization on postural control in subjects with temporomandibular disorder: a single-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Braz J Phys Ther. 2013 Mar-Apr;17(2):121-7
 Kalamir A, Bonello R, Graham P, Vitiello AL, Pollard H. Intraoral myofascial therapy for chronic myogenous temporomandibular disorder: a randomized controlled trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012;35(1):26-37.
 Kalamir A et al. Manual therapy for temporomandibular disorders: A review of the literature. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 11. 84-90. 10.1016/j.jbmt.2006.07.003.
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