What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular joint. These two joints (left & right) connect the human skull by the temporal bone with the lower jaw (mandible). A misaligned joint and/or muscle spasms is what leads millions of people to suffer from chronic facial pain & headaches that can lead on for days at a time.

TMD stands for Temporomandibular joint dysfunction. TMD extends the definition of TMJ to further define that there is a dysfunction at one or both of the TMJ’s.


Symptoms of TMD are multiple and can be in any combination:

  • Headaches/mornings, day, night
  • Jaw pain
  • Facial pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Pain when eating
  • Noises at the joint (clicking, popping, crackling)
  • Limitation to open or close
  • Limited side to side movement
  • Bite feels different/ “off”
  • Tinnitus (ringing or wavelike sounds)
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Back pain