TMJ Pain

At Empowered Health, TMJ pain is a common presentation our Geelong TMJ chiropractors see. Whether this be due to a recent trauma, or an ongoing issue that doesn’t seem to resolve.

When it comes to TMJ pain, we can normally categorise the problem by two different times of trauma. On one hand, we have a macro type of trauma, this is usually a defined event where we were subjected. On the other hand, we have a micro type of trauma, which is usually smaller and more repetitive traumas that can become problematic over time.

In this blog post, our TMJ chiropractors will discuss the different types of underlying traumas contributing to TMJ pain.


TMJ chiropractors

Our Geelong team of chiropractors provide a unique skillset in effectively assessing, diagnosing and managing a variety of TMJ disorders. Our unique methods include but are not limited to; jaw manipulation and mobilisation, jaw/face soft tissue therapies, dry needling methods, spinal and cranial therapy, progressive jaw and brain exercises.

Macro type trauma

As mentioned above, this type of trauma is typically associated with a specific event, where the onset of the problem and the event are clearly associated.

An example of a macro type of trauma would be a motor vehicle accident, a sporting tackle or a blow to the face/jaw following a fall.

Micro type trauma

Macro type trauma, on the other hand is much harder to define as it is often the result of ongoing stress and trauma to the TMJ.

An example of micro type of trauma would be ongoing grinding/clenching (bruxism), malocclusion (teeth position) and increased jaw/face muscle tension.

Combination of macro & micro trauma

Should you be fortunate enough, a combination of macro and micro trauma can occur. This needs to be considered in cases where typical recovery patterns are not seen.

Considering seeing a TMJ chiropractor? Our Geelong team can be reached on (03) 4250 9865 or at



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Luka Fantela