TMJ dysfunction

TMD is a mouthful to say, but it’s an important acronym to know. Temporomandibular joint disorder refers to any dysfunction of the TMJ. This can be a real pain, both figuratively and literally.

TMJ dysfunction can happen when the muscles and ligaments around your jaw joints get inflamed or irritated. The condition might be acute or chronic, and the resulting pain might be mild or severe.






Symptoms may present themselves on either one side or both sides of the face.

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Clicking or popping sound from the TMJ site
  • Pain in the neck or shoulders.
  • A tired feeling in your face.
  • Tooth pain.
  • Headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Stiffness in the muscles of the jaw
  • Limited movement of the jaw
  • Dental issues, such as the wearing down of teeth
  • A shift in the jawline can cause changes in the way that the upper and lower teeth
  • Injury to the jaw joints or surrounding tissues.
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching).
  • Dislocation of the disc between the ball and socket joint.
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress
  • An improper bite
  • Erosion (wearing away) of the joint
  • Habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Structural jaw issues present at birth

At Kalp Health Care, our wise and empathetic professionals take a transparent and innovative approach to ensure you receive the highest quality care, personalized to your unique health journey.

  • Comprehensive Assessment: Our expert professionals conduct a thorough assessment, which includes:
    • Patient Symptom Evaluation: We listen attentively and patiently to understand your symptoms.
    • Posture Analysis: We assess your posture to identify potential issues.
    • Physical and Functional Assessment: A comprehensive evaluation of your physical health and functionality.
  • In-Depth Evaluation: To ensure a holistic understanding, we consider various factors, such as:
    • Radiological Findings: Incorporating X-Ray, MRI, CT scans, and clinical correlation.
    • Lab Reports: Analyzing laboratory test results for a complete picture.
    • Medication History: Documenting past and current medications.
    • Medical and Surgical History: Understanding your medical journey.
    • Lifestyle Factors: Exploring lifestyle, work patterns, and daily routines.
    • Nutritional Assessment: Evaluating diet and nutrition, emphasizing fibrous foods, minerals, and hydration.
  • Personalized Approach: We believe in patient-centric care, tailoring our assessments and recommendations to your specific needs:
    • Climate Considerations: Recognizing the impact of climate on health.
    • Family History: Considering hereditary factors.
    • Daily Activity: Analyzing your daily routine.
    • Metabolic Assessment: Understanding your metabolic activity.
    • Exercise Routine: Assessing your physical activity regimen.


At Kalp Health Care, we believe in precision and personalization, our wise and empathetic approach ensures that your treatment is innovative, transparent, and, above all, centered around your unique needs and holistic health.That’s why:

Individualized Approach: Our expert team crafts unique treatment protocols for each patient.

Unique Needs: Even if two patients have a similar diagnosis, their treatments are tailored to their specific requirements.

Comprehensive Assessment: We consider not only the diagnosis but also your overall well-being, including physical, mental, emotional, and psychological health.

Holistic Care: Our patient-centric philosophy means that:

A 360-Degree View: We take into account every aspect of your health and life that may impact your well-being.

Emphasis on Well-being: Your treatment plan is designed to address not just physical pain but also your mental and emotional health.


Occasionally, your doctor may recommend physical therapy. Depending on your specific needs, your therapy could include:

  • Heat therapy
  • Cooling therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Tissue mobilization
  • Resistance exercises
  • Stretches
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
  • Ultrasound.
  • Relaxation techniques

If you and your doctor believe your TMJ disorder may be caused by stress, talk therapy or stress management exercises are additional options that may help you.

Himanshu Dagar

I have been visiting the clinic for the past two years and my experience has been great. Dr. Kant is very knowledgeable and he treats his patients with full dedication and patience. I underwent treatment for my neck and back pain and I got relief after just a few sessions of dry needling. So, I would recommend everyone to visit KALP HEALTH CARE for any kind of physiotherapy treatment.

Nithya Santhakumar

At the age of 53, a back problem is scary when a doctor tells you that you need 10 days of bed rest or surgery! I went to Kalp expecting the usual steps of physiotherapy, but I couldn't even stand up straight or get out of bed without shooting pain. This is an example of not judging a book by its cover. Dr. Kant is a simple man but a magician when it comes to his treatment. He is passionate and positive about his treatment and knows the human body like the back of his hand. A dedicated team with Dr. Monika and Dr. Rakesh got me on my feet in just 3 days. This is the best treatment I could have asked for!

Vivek Goyal

Dr. Kant and his clinic are excellent in treating muscular and spinal issues - it's very clean and hygienic. Dr. Kant has great understanding and knowledge, quickly reaching to the root of what's wrong and able to provide Relief within a few sessions. I found a solution to my spine problem after seeking treatment from Dr. Kant - I had tried all kinds of treatments before but hadn't been able to find any relief.

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Who is a Kalp Specialist?

Dr. K. K. Kant is the Founder of Kalp Health Care, located in the sub-city of Dwarka, New Delhi.

There are trial & success methods to treat pain but as a seasoned  professionals, we know when and bhow to combine clinical reasoning with manual therapy, modalities, and recent EBP to restore mobility & rejuvenate life.

Dr. K. K. Kant has a keen interest in Ortho – Sports – Spine – Pelvic Floor – Foot field and advanced manual therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many factors that can cause headaches, however, TMD is one explanation. Stress can contribute to teeth clenching which puts unnecessary pressure on the TMJs. This can start the vicious cycle of muscle spasms, pain, and headaches that all lead to TMD.

There is a connection between TMD, chronic headaches, and ear ringing. Most patients do experience significant relief from headaches and ear ringing after a proper course of TMD treatment, but there is no way to guarantee complete prevention of these symptoms. 

There are numerous exercises that can help relieve your jaw pain. Here are a few examples:

Push down on your bottom teeth with one hand while pushing upwards with your jaw

Place your thumb below your chin while pressing lightly on the chin bone. Slowly open your mouth, working against the resistance from your thumb.

Cross your arms across your chest with a hand on each shoulder. Stretch your neck backward, then to the right. Switch sides. 

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and slowly open your jaw without moving your tongue.

There are some simple steps you can take to treat TMJ/TMD at home, or at least relieve TMJ pain.

Pain medications or muscle relaxants are one way to relieve TMJ pain. Applying heat or cold to the jaw area, eating softer foods, and practicing relaxing the jaw muscles can also offer relief.

There are also TMJ exercises and stretches that can be done at home, which can be prescribed by a medical professional.

While these techniques can be helpful, they are more temporary fixes, and it’s still important to seek the help of a medical professional if your discomfort persists.

Surgery is not a first line of treatment and is only considered when all other, more conservative treatments fail to alleviate and manage your symptoms.

Non-surgical options are designed to reduce pressure on the TMJ, decrease pain and allow you to resume normal activity when chewing, talking, yawning and swallowing.