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Your Jaw and Skull

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Chapter 23

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Your Jaw and Skull

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Here is where you get an understanding of the mechanics of your body e.g. how a filling that is too high in a tooth can upset the delicate balance of your bite which in turn may create symptoms elsewhere in your body.

A very important part in this balance is your Temporo-Mandibular-Joint (TMJ) which helps you move your jaw up and down.

The TMJ is no doubt affected by almost every other part of your body hence can cause all kinds of problems such as head ache, tooth ache, neck or shoulder pain and even back pain or hamstring problems, actually affecting your whole body.

If you have pain in the this joint or it doesn´t function as it should whether it´s due to muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels or other associated tissues, this is called Temporo-Mandibular-Disorder or –Dysfunction.

The TMJ is the headquarter of the body´s balance mechanism, and if the jaw doesn´t close properly because of maloccluded teeth, the balance mechanism is forced to adapt.

Due to this constant stress the brain is pumping out lots of noradrenalin and serotonin which sensitizes the autonomic nervous system, making you vulnerable to any other stressors like bad diet or emotional problems hence depression could be linked to TMJ dysfunction.

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Your Jaw and Skull

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Here is where you get an understanding of the mechanics of your body. For example how a high filling in your tooth can upset the delicate balance of your bite which in turn may create symptoms elsewhere in your body. These symptoms will be difficult to resolve until you are seen by someone who understands the nature of such conditions.

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A very important part, if not the most important, in this balance is your Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ). This joint of the jaw helps you move your jaw up and down, left and right, forward and backwards. You have one on each side, working in unison. Only the mandible, the lower part of your jaw, that moves during those motions. . . .

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The TMJ is no doubt affected by almost every other part of your body hence can cause all kinds of problems such as head ache, tooth ache, neck or shoulder pain and even back pain or hamstring problems.

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If you have pain in this joint or it doesn´t function as it should whether this is due to muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels or other associated tissues, you are suffering from a Temporo-Mandibular-Disorder or –Dysfunction. It even involves your neck, your back, shoulders and even your legs, well actually your whole body.

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Some say, the TMJ is the headquarter of the body´s balance mechanism. If the jaw doesn´t close properly because of mal occluded teeth, the balance mechanism is forced to adapt.

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However, because it´s under constant stress, the brain is pumping out lots of hormones like noradrenalin and serotonin. This sensitizes the autonomic nervous system, making the patient vulnerable to any other stressors like bad diet or emotional problems. So depression could be linked to TMJ dysfunction.

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You will also discover how TMJ disorders are diagnosed and what kind of treatments are around.

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