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Physical Therapy Guide To Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction) is a condition that affects the natural functions of your jaw. It can cause problems with chewing and opening your mouth. It is currently affecting more than 10,000,000 people in the United States. Sometimes, it is incorrectly called "TMJ", which refers to the name of the joint.

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disease?

TMD, a condition that affects the natural function of your jaw, can cause pain and limit opening and chewing. The TMJ (temporomandibular joints) physical therapy is a hinge joint connecting your jaw to your skull. It's located in front of your ears. TMJ controls jaw movement. It allows you to open and close the mouth, move your mouth from side to side, and talk, yawn or chew.

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TMD can be caused from:

Bad posture: TMD is a common condition. Many of you spend too much time at your desks, which causes you to tilt your heads forward while you work. There are other types of bad posture. Bad posture can also be caused by sitting in a car for long periods of time or working at a check-out station with your child.  TMJ muscles, ligaments, and discs are put under strain by the "forward head" position.

A physical therapist with experience in treating people suffering from musculoskeletal issues. Some physical therapists practice with a craniofacial emphasis, which means they are more concerned with movement disorders related to the skull or facial structures