Manual therapy is typically directed towards the muscles involved with controlling the jaw. While it may be a small joint, it is very complex. The TMJ has joint kinematics unlike any other joint in the body. Meaning, the joint has a complicated hinging pattern with many structures that can potentially become pain generators. A thorough physical exam can help determine what structures may be at fault and better direct how they should be treated.
Whether its exercises directed at reducing assymetry of the jaw's movement patterns or manual therapy to reduce myofascial pain, Chiropractors are an excellent option for noninvasive techniques designed to reduce TMJ pain or TMD (temporomandibular disorders).