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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
The ideal human masticatory (or chewing) apparatus is symmetrical, with perfectly aligned parts that fit together precisely. For various reasons, however, most people do not have this ideal alignment. Imbalances in this system are usually perceived only subconsciously, and are corrected with compensatory responses.
These attempts to compensate for an asymmetrically aligned temporomandibular joint can lead to unbalanced strain in the jaw, neck and back bone and muscles. In a domino effect of sorts, a shift in the masticatory apparatus carries over through the muscles, joints, vertebrae and pelvis into the furthest parts of the body. This may affect the stability of the entire spine. If leg length is affected, this may even result in hip dislocation. A local disturbance of the temporomandibular joint can grow into a disturbance of the entire body.

The symptoms of TMJ disorders are manifold:

• Clenching or grinding of teeth
• Wedge-shaped defects, tooth pain or sensitive dental necks
• Receding gums
• Unclear occlusal position
• Difficulty chewing
• Tooth mobility
• Tooth migration
• Abrasion or facets
• Tooth interferes when closing the mouth
• TMJ pain
• Cracking or crepitation of the TMJ
• Mouth will not open properly
• Jaw pain
• Tension upon waking
• Burning or numbness of the tongue
• Headache
• Stiff neck
• Neck pain
• Facial pain
• Pressure on the head
• Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
• Hearing impairment
• Earache
• Dizziness
• Oscillopsia
• Pain behind the eyes
• Double vision
• Light sensitivity
• Impaired vision
• Difficulty swallowing
• Lump in throat
• Shoulder pain
• Numbness in the arms or fingers
• Joint pain
• Back pain
• Insomnia