The most used joint

The most used joint

mona_lisasmile 500A very fascinating and challenging piece of anatomy is the understanding of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ), its function and dysfunction.

Normally we don’t open our mouths just a little bit… haha…

Being the most used joint in the body and sometimes the most abused…, the TMJ has, like the knee, an articular disc within it. If this disc gets displaced or injured, just like a meniscus in the knee, then you’ve got a dysfunction. The good news is it is not usually severe and often self-correcting!

Over time, the disc can recede back, and when it’s displaced, as the mandible comes forward and back, it can make a very distinct clicking sound which is the mandible’s riding under and then again behind the disc. Fortunately the tissue behind the disc over time often becomes more disc-like and this resolves the problem brilliantly on its own. However, soft tissue work helps the disc slipping back into its correct position more easily and earlier. Massage also helps relaxing the jaw, relieving pain and the tension that pain brings.

The jaw is really a kind litmus-test area for stress, many people suffering from grinding the jaw or keeping it tense due to excess stress and stimulation of the fight or flight response. Massage stimulates the opposite response, the rest and repose response, being one of the most effective ways to relieve this fight or flight syndrome and involving the stress response of the nervous system!

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