An Upper Cervical misalignment (subluxation) and TMJ are intimately related. Trauma to the upper part of the neck can cause irritation of the Trigeminal Nerve. The Trigeminal is one of the most complex nerves in the body. It feeds sensation to one’s jaw, face tougue, sinus, palate, eyes, teeth, and lips. Because the Trigeminal nerve feeds the jaw, irritation to the nerve can cause the TMJ to malfunction. When the joints do not work properly, the disc is pinched while opening or closing the jaw, and the neck and shoulder muscles go into painful spasms during the normal process of eating, talking, laughing, or smiling.
If you experience TMJ problems make sure you get checked for an Upper Cervical Subluxation as soon as possible.