Stress to the TMJ is usually due to strains within the entire body. Often physical trauma such as whiplash and hard impacts can limit the proper functioning of the body’s tissues. A physical injury can often be enough to set-up strains and cause TMJ dysfunction. Nerves, arteries, ligaments, and tissues surrounding the spinal cord in the area of the neck and the entire body often are major contributors to TMJ dysfunction. Other times the
architecture of the mandible and the temporal bones that make up the joint can cause challenges with its functioning. Stress takes many shapes and forms and when some of the issues above are combined with emotional stress TMJ dysfunction often results.
If the symptoms are caused by strains and restrictions in the body then the work of Cranial Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Hellerwok are an effective approach to healing the issues.