TMJ Pain

TMJ Treatment in Columbia

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull, facilitating smooth sliding and hinge movement for comfortable biting, chewing, yawning, and talking. Occasionally, injury, stress, overuse, and/or poor alignment can lead to “TMJ” – jaw pain and dysfunction. Our chiropractors can assist in alleviating these symptoms:

  • Popping or clicking sounds when opening and closing the mouth.
  • Jaw pain that sometimes spreads to the ears, neck, face, or shoulders.
  • Difficulty talking or chewing, with occasional jaw locking or grating.
  • A change in the way the teeth fit together.

TMJ Treatment in Columbia, MO

Our chiropractor in Columbia can assist in alleviating TMJ pain and its most common causes, which include:

Physical injury

A car accident injury, sports injury, or other types of trauma can dislodge the temporomandibular joint from its proper alignment, leading to painful grinding of soft tissues and bone.


Chronic stress and tension often cause people to clench their teeth frequently, or even grind them while asleep (known as bruxism). Both clenching and grinding exert excessive stress on the temporomandibular joint, resulting in pain, inflammation, and other TMJ symptoms.

Our chiropractors are highly qualified to address these root causes of jaw pain and dysfunction, providing several treatments to alleviate the causes and relieve pain:

Chiropractic adjustments

Correcting any physical misalignments in the spine, neck, and jaw can alleviate pain. Ensuring proper alignment of the jaw, neck, and back can relieve not only jaw pain but also associated headaches, neck pain, and earaches.

Myofascial Release

Gentle, sustained, hands-on pressure on specific muscles responsible for opening and closing the jaw helps relieve tension and promote jaw relaxation.

Therapeutic Exercises

Teaching exercises that relax tight jaw muscles and improve range of motion.

If popping, grating, and pain have taken the joy out of eating and conversing, please schedule an appointment to consult with Compass Chiropractic today.

We can help alleviate your stress and any other issues causing jaw pain. Just give us a call in Columbia at (573) 445-4444.