Author: Sheila Burns

Most people don't have much cause to figure out where the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is - just so you know, it is the joint that connects your mandible and your temporal bone, and it allows your jaw to open and close. Of course, if you suffer from a TMJ disorder, you have likely become all too familiar with the location of this joint for the simple fact that it probably causes you quite a bit of pain or makes it difficult to eat, speak, and carry out the basic functions attributed to a working jaw. In some cases, TMJ disorders can be treated or even cured with medication, surgery, or other therapies. Sometimes they disappear over time. But it's not always clear what causes these disorders and they're not always curable. And if you're not keen on taking pain medication, you might be looking for DIY options that allow you to cope with the pain on your own.