Believe it or not, the temporomandibular joints (the jaw joints), commonly referred to in the dental community as the TMJ, are some of the most regularly used joints in our bodies. Swallowing, yawning, chewing, talking, and even sneezing all require use of the TMJ. The TMJ is made up of the mandible as well as the temporal bone. If you open your mouth and put your fingers in front of your ears, you will feel your TMJ. The general term for problems with the TMJ is TMJ disorder.
When it comes to TMJ disorder, there are all sorts of symptoms of the condition that go widely undiagnosed and untreated. Symptoms such as headaches, ringing in the ears, popping or clicking in the jaw, neck pain and jaw pain are all caused by a TMJ that is misaligned or imbalanced. Because the TMJ is connected to a variety of other body parts including the neck, spine, and skull, one can easily see how these symptoms can come about when the TMJ is not in it’s proper location.
Another symptom of TMJ that often slips under the radar is forward head posture. From gradeschool and on you were surely told to sit up straight with a straight back, your shoulders back and your head level; the same goes for when you walk. However, a lot of patients who suffer from TMJ find that their posture is extremely poor, and unconsciously position their heads forward of their shoulders as though they were having trouble holding it up.
Forward head posture is not only a symptom of TMJ, it is also known to cause severe tension tension and neck pain. TMJ patients often have forward head posture, which is the body’s unconscious physiological response to the discomfort felt as a result of a bad bite. One of the easiest ways to determine whether or not your posture is ideal is to sit for a long period of time, preferably at a desk. Do you eventually start to slouch over with a rounded neck and back? Is your head often positioned in a forward position? If so forward head posture may be a sign of a problem with your TMJ.
If you find that you are suffering from symptoms of TMJ Disorder, Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins can help you. Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins have years of experience in treating TMJ. Call our dental office at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley for a consultation.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788