The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body, and can be affected by a range of problems. Patients with a TMJ disorder often suffer from recurring headaches, chronic pain, ear pain, dizziness, ringing in the ears, clicking/clunking in the jaw, difficulty with eating, chewing or talking. A thorough assessment analyzes posture, biomechanics of the TMJ dysfunction, and craniovertebral junction, followed by an evaluation of oral habits (grinding, clenching, etc.) and breathing and swallowing patterns. Treatment may consist of postural correction, cervical mobilizations, TMJ mobilizations and soft tissue release, IMS/dry needling and correction of muscle imbalances.
Fun fact - Claire was featured on The Full Voice podcast, talking about the TMJ and how it relates to singers!