Eating and talking, probably two of the most useful things in our lives, right? One is necessary for survival and the other for ordering that morning double shot espresso – arguably also necessary for survival. We never stop to think about the importance of these skills until pain or dysfunction makes these simple daily tasks difficult. TMJ issues can often also lead to neck pain and headaches.
The TMJ’s are the two joints either side of our face that enable our jaw to move in various directions. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. If you place your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth you can feel your TMJs pivoting your jaw. On many people they can feel like they pop or move out of time with each other, which is normal. But when they are painful, stop your mouth from opening or make chewing food hard, there are ways to address the problem.
Osteopaths and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners at Inner Balance Health Clinics work with TMJ pain and dysfunction. Our Mill Park osteopaths will look at the position of the jaw and how it moves and will also assess the muscles on the face and neck to find the cause of your pain. In addition, acupuncture performed by our Mill Park Chinese Medicine practitioners is another option for TMJ pain, as this may relieve tension and inflammation in the jaw region.
Causes of TMJ pain are often multifactorial, but can be associated with increased muscular tension or an internal alteration to the joint itself. The joint is unlike any other in the body as it has a mobile cartilaginous disc acting as a cushion for smooth gliding. This disc is often the cause of TMJ problems when it becomes displaced, and is the likely cause of a clicking jaw if you experience this.
Call and make an appointment with Inner Balance Health Clinics today if you want relief from your TMJ or jaw pain.
Inner Balance Recipe....from the Wholefood Simply website
Chocolate brownie protein balls
A match made in sweet chocolate heaven!!
- 8 medjool dates, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup Choc protein powder
- 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon honey*
- Place the ingredients into your processor and blend until the mixture is well combined and sticking together. Use your hands to press and shape the mixture into balls.
- Place the balls into the fridge to set.
- Eat and enjoy!
Yours In Optimum Health
Dr. Dina Culcasi
Clinic Manager, Owner & Osteopath
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