TMJ Problems and the Upper Neck

TMJ problems (issues in the temperomandibular joint) can be aching and uncomfortable, presenting with symptoms ranging from pain, electric shootin, stabbing, numbness, headaches or sinus congestion. ***The following information was procured from the Burcon Chiropractic Research Institute. As well as the information below, they have also done years of extensive studies showing the effect of Upper Cervical Chiropractic care on other conditions such as vertigo and Meniere’s***  

Is there a link between TMJ and the Upper Cervical spine?

As an experienced chiropractor for TMJ in Singapore, our answer is an emphatic yes. The trigeminal nerve, the fifth cranial nerve, has its control nuclei located in the brainstem. The trigeminal nuclei is responsible for the tone of the mastication muscles. If the muscles on both sides of the jaw are supple, relaxed, and are of equal tone bilaterally, the TMJ will function normally. However, if the muscles that control chewing are tighter on one side versus the other TMJ dysfunction can be the result. The muscles of mastication are intimately connected to the brainstem and the biomechanics of the Upper Cervical spine. Whiplash type trauma can result in upper cervical spine misalignment which can alter the trigeminal nucleus function resulting in muscle tone imbalances in the mastication muscles leading to TMJ dysfunction.

Understanding Upper Cervical Spine and TMJ

The head weighs 10-12 pounds and rests on the first cervical vertebrae weighing two ounces. The head neck junction is the most susceptible area of the spine to injury. It is also the most highly innervated joint in the body, followed by the TMJ. There is an interplay between the TMJ and the Upper Cervical spine. Injury to the neck can alter the TMJ and an abnormal functioning TMJ can also cause bad nerve input from the TMJ into the central nervous system causing a host of problems. The question is, is it the chicken or the egg? Which comes first? It is this authors opinion that approximately 75 percent of TMJ problems are directly caused by Upper Cervical spine injury. Correcting spinal misalignment in the Upper Cervical spine can lead to the healing and correction of many TMJ cases, something we see a lot in our Chiropractic Clinic in Singapore.

How can we help?

At Vitality Chiropractic Centres we specialise in correcting problems in the Upper Cervical spine. Our Singapore chiropractor for TMJ is the first to focus on this type of care. Read more about TMJ and the Upper Cervical Spine, here.  Since 2013, Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Shaan Rai helped patients achieve greater health, relocating to Singapore in 2016 and founding Vitality Chiropractic Centres. He has an impressive track record in providing relief and solutions for people who experience nerve system problems, such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, vertigo or neurological conditions. Take your life back. For a Complimentary, no-obligation call with the Doctor or to book a Consultation, call +65 8438 9550 or email to find out if we can help you at our Chiropractic Clinic in Singapore.
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