Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) refers to a condition affecting the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorder encompasses a range of symptoms, including jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when chewing or moving the jaw, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, and facial discomfort. The exact cause of TMJ disorder can vary and may involve factors such as jaw misalignment, muscle tension, arthritis, or injury to the jaw joint. Additionally, habits like teeth grinding or clenching, stress, or poor posture can exacerbate the symptoms of TMJ disorder, leading to chronic discomfort and decreased jaw mobility.

At Bergner Chiropractic, we treat TMJ disorder with a multidisciplinary approach aimed at relieving pain, restoring normal jaw function, and addressing underlying causes. Active Release Technique (ART) is a hands-on therapy that targets muscle adhesions and scar tissue to improve muscle function and mobility around the temporomandibular joint. Dry needling involves the insertion of thin needles into trigger points within the muscles to alleviate pain and reduce muscle tension. Therapeutic exercises may include stretching and strengthening routines designed to improve jaw stability, promote proper alignment, and enhance overall muscle coordination. Combining these modalities can provide comprehensive relief for individuals suffering from TMJ disorder, addressing both the symptoms and underlying factors contributing to their condition.