Have you ever felt tightness in your jaw and just can’t fathom the cause? Does your jaw click when you are chewing or while trying to open/close your mouth? Are you not able to open your jaw very wide because its too painful? Do you suffer from headaches along with your jaw discomfort? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from TMJD – TemporoMandibular Joint Dysfunction. More recently the term for this jaw dysfunction has been coined TMD or TemporoMandibular Disorders.
It is not rare that people suffer or have sometime in their life suffered from jaw pain. I have found that many of my Salt Lake City, Utah clients will come to me with complaints of back or neck pain; but when asked about any subsequent jaw pain, they often have that too. The Temporomandibular Joint is a unique joint because it not only can open and close vertically, but can move laterally as well. And because of this, I have seen TMD manifest a large variety of symptoms. As mentioned above, there can be clicking, the inability to open the jaw very wide and overall tightness. But here are some more symptoms that might not seem as obvious.