There are several causes for this type of jaw pathology. Here are the main ones for the chiropractic injury rehab now.
Your posture: It often happens that we have a bad posture work, car, at rest. This affects muscle control by affecting the length, strength and tone of the muscles. It also affects the position of the ATM.
Poor muscle balance: Musculature plays an important role in the alignment and function of the TMJ. Some muscles attach directly to the disc and, if they are too tight, can cause the disc to move. If there is a bad balance muscle too tight, others too weak, this can lead to pathology.
Stress: Stress also leads to an increase in muscle tension, thus creating a muscle imbalance.
An accident: A cervical trauma following a car accident or a fall, for example, can cause a dysfunction of the ATM, and this, even several months later. Often, the trauma will cause poor posture and muscle imbalances.
There are also a host of other predisposing factors for this pathology, such as anatomy, dental surgery, wearing dentures, wearing pins, general laxity, cervical dysfunction, etc.
Advice from Your Physio
Here are some tips from your physiotherapy professional to reduce pain and help eliminate inflammation: Avoid eating foods that are difficult to chew steak, ciabatta bread, etc. and foods that require some force to chew a raw carrot, nuts, etc..
Avoid opening your mouth as much as possible and overly large bites e.g. hamburger.