Disorders of the Temperomandibular joint (TMJ) can be the major contributor to head pain, with headache being the most frequently reported symptom [1]. Other symptoms may include neck and face pain. Ear type symptoms are also common with TMD’s due to the embryological link between the two [2]. These symptoms may include tinnitus, dizziness, ear ache, feeling of fullness in the ear and poor balance [3].

The TMJ has both a mechanical and a neurological connection to the upper neck.  There are approximately 60 dental contact points, which provide proprioceptive information to the upper cervical spine.  Often chronic upper neck problems lead to a TMJ problem due to minor alterations in the gait cycle of the joint.

A new study demonstrates that a single chiropractic adjustment to the upper neck improves mouth opening (the total distance you can open your mouth) and “pressure pain thresholds” (how much pressure is required to produce pain) over the temples.  This powerfully demonstrates the effect of neck adjustments in the function of the TMJ [4].

The Chiropractors at AHS are trained to evaluate and treat these problems at the level of the TMJ and the upper cervical spine.

Please call your Chiropractor at AHS on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 9/470 Sydney Rd in Balgowlah servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.


  1. Hammer WI. Functional soft-tissue examination and treatment by manual methods. 3rd Ed. Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett; 2007.
  2. Curl DD. The chiropractic approach to temporomandibular disorders. Baltimore, Maryland: Williams and wilkins; 1991.
  3. Wright EF. Manual of Temporomandibular Disorders. 2nd Ed. Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell; 2010
  4. Mansilla-Ferragut P, Fernández-de-Las Peñas C, Alburquerque-Sendín F, Cleland JA, Boscá-Gandía JJ – Immediate effects of atlanto occipital joint manipulation on active mouth opening and pressure pain sensitivity in women with mechanical neck pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009 Feb;32(2):101-dit.