This Is Exactly How TMJ Affects the Shape of Your Jaw

Over the last few months, every time I'd lie down on an esthetician's table, they'd bring up TMJ. More specifically, that I had it and needed to start doing something about it. Without wanting to seem uninformed, I would nod, tell them "I know, I really should," and try my best to change the subject.

The fact of the matter, though, is that I was pretty unclear about what TMJ actually was—and why they could tell it was affecting me. First was the obvious conclusion: I grind my teeth. But, then, during a facial with Take Care founder and anatomy, yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and body-mind centering specialist Sadie Adams, she mentioned she could also tell I was afflicted because of the way I "propped" my head on the pillow, rather than relaxing and letting my head sink in.

I knew right then that a lot of confusing things were happening in my body, rather unconsciously, and I needed to get some answers. I talked to Adams about it, as well as L.A.-based injection specialist Lisa Goodman, to finally nail down the details and get to the root of the problem. Keep reading for their answers.