Back to Programs

TMJ Disorder and Migraine

TMJ Disorder and Migraine program focuses on restoration of biomechanical function of the jaw joint and disc through manipulation, mobilization, myofascial release, acupuncture and specific exercises to alleviate migraines and headaches, jaw and ear pain, as well as, eliminate clicking.

Conditions Treated

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull in front of the ear. It enables opening, closing, and side-to-side movements for eating, speaking, and yawning. Many issues can cause jaw pain, from a misaligned bite to joint dysfunction. Because the pain travels to other muscle groups, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) can cause headaches, toothaches, earaches, and difficulty eating.

It’s been discovered that people who clench or grind their teeth are more likely to suffer from migraines. Therefore, many sufferers of TMD report crippling migraines that affect their quality of life due to its' frequency and severity.

TMD can be caused by multiple reasons, ranging from bad chewing habits, dental work or poor posture to inflammatory arthritis and trauma.

Other symptoms caused by TMD include:
  • Ear pain, dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss
  • Clicking, grating or popping sounds when the jaw joint moves
  • Jaw may lock in a wide-open position
  • Difficulty when chewing and swallowing
  • Neck pain and straining of the facial muscles
  • Difficulty fully opening the jaw

Our Approach

Our customized treatment program is beneficial for anyone suffering from jaw pain and migraines. There is often a direct link between the two conditions, so patients will find relief by addressing both at the same time.
At Bloor Yonge Chiropractic we offer an integrative approach to addressing Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). Our healthcare practitioners utilize a variety of treatment techniques to relieve the symptoms. The individualized treatment plans may include a combination of the following services:
  • Chiropractic

    Relieves pain and improves physical functioning by restoring joint mobility.

  • Osteopathy

    Gentle techniques to alleviate pain and increase the range of motion within the jaw joint

  • Acupuncture

    Stimulates specific pressure points to relieve headaches and reduce inflammation and myofascial hypertonicity.

  • Exercise Planning

    Recovery exercises include but are not limited to, restoring proper activation-relaxation patterns, joint stability and strengthening

  • Physical Therapy

    Restore jaw function and joint mobility through non-invasive physical therapy; enables muscle relaxation and reduces muscular hyperactivity

  • Postural Correction

    Restore the correct posture to improve the alignment of the jaw, head, neck, and shoulders

  • Massage Therapy

    Reduces pain and relieves tension, and effective in stress relief

Our Process

Initial Assessment

The initial assessment will be performed by our Clinic Director Dr. Igor Sapozhnikov, D.C. to determine the cause of dysfunction and understand the full clinical picture. The assessment includes an interview, orthopedic, neurological and postural evaluations of the neck, jaw and shoulders as well as, overall health and psychological screening. Additional testing may be required.

Program Plan

Based on the assessment results, Dr. Sapozhnikov will recommend an individualized program plan that may include chiropractic, exercise counselling, acupuncture, postural correction and/or other modes of therapy that will help restore jaw function while relieving the tension associated with accompanying migraines.

Implementation

Our team at Bloor Yonge Chiropractic is a well-rounded group of healthcare professionals that include Chiropractors, Osteopaths, and Registered Massage Therapists. Based on your customized program plan, they work together to provide a multidisciplinary approach to safely achieve results.

Maintenance

As part of the program, our practitioners will educate and guide you on how to maintain and improve the achieved results. They will support you on your journey to optimal health by providing counselling and regular check-up sessions.