TMJ. What is it good for? Absolutely everything!The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a fancy word for the space between your jaw and your skull. You have two of them, one on either side of your face.
The TMJ is a wonderful thing when it works correctly — allowing you to talk, eat, drink, chew, breathe through your mouth, sing, laugh and yawn. You get the picture, it does a lot. The joint itself is small but really strong. In fact, it can endure up to 250lbs!
So how does something so strong get hurt so often? TMJ disorder (TMJD) actually ranks second only to low back pain, as the most prevalent musculoskeletal problem in the United States!