TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located just in front of each ear; they are the hinges that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Breathing, eating and speech all rely heavily on optimal function of the TMJ.
Imbalances in facial muscle function can often lead to problems with the TMJ. Because we use our TMJ so often, any issues with its function can escalate very quickly and become a source of severe orofacial pain. TMD will also limit and interfere with your ability to perform basic tasks like chewing and speech.
TMD occurs four times more frequently in women than in men, and both children and adolescents can experience TMD.
As with orofacial myofunctional disorders, effective treatment begins at the foundation of the problem rather than the symptoms. This means addressing the muscles that support and move your lower jaw and correcting their function and strength over time to promote painless movements.
The TMJ is just one part of the complex orofacial system and its treatment requires a holistic approach to your overall myofacial health. With treatment, your muscle activities will be optimised, resulting in pain-free eating, speech, and facial expressions, as well as the reduction of the pain and discomfort that often accompanies TMD.
Rochelle has extensive experience in treating TMD in patients of all ages. Get in touch to schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss your issue and the treatment options available.