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If your jaw ‘pops’ or has pain when eating, chewing gum or talking, then the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be affected.


The TMJ most likely is being pulled out of alignment by tight muscles and fascial restrictions causing TMJ pain.  John F. Barnes’ myofascial release (MFR) can help release these restrictions allowing your jaw to reset and easing those painful symptoms in your neck, jaw and face.

WebMD reports that around 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ disorders, with one researcher estimating that three quarters of the U.S. population will experience it at some point during their lives.
TMJ stands for temporal mandibular joint. (In plain English, it means ‘where the skull bone meets the jaw bone’.) A TMJ is hinge joint that sits just in front of your ear – you’ve got one on each side of your face. This joint one of the most used joints in the entire body – the average person opens and closes their jaw a minimum of 2000 times a day! And the muscles here are really powerful – typically they dish out about 150 lbs. of pressure. The two TMJ’s operate completely independently of one another, but yet have to be delicately balanced to open and close both sides of your mouth at the same speed. And a lot of us are out of balance. Dental surgery, whiplash, and heavy stress put you at risk for having one side open before the other, or having just one side do all the work. And that’s where the pain typically starts. TMJ syndrome” is often mistakenly referred to as just “TMJ”. This isn’t a casual shortening of the term: people think “TMJ” refers to the syndrome. But the acronym TMJ refers only to the joint itself

Most of the pain associated with your TMJ can be treated without surgery. Myofascial release is one of many techniques that can help address the cause of TMJ disorders. Whether the pain comes from a jaw injury, arthritis, or simply the fatigue from repeatedly grinding or clenching your teeth, regular myofascial release therapy can make a difference