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TMJ /Jaw Treatment

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TMJ disorder (temporo mandibular joint/ jaw disorder) is a condition that is commonly overlooked and generally not comprehensively managed. This is due to a lack of awareness that effective specialised physiotherapy exists and is extremely effective.

Common Symptoms May Include:

  • Clicking, popping or grating noises in the jaw when opening or closing the mouth
  • Asymmetric (uneven) jaw movements
  • Pain around the jaw and face
  • Tenderness of the jaw muscles
  • Pain or difficulty in yawning, chewing or opening the mouth wide
  • Inability to open the mouth wide to eat certain foods –jaw feels locked
  • Accelerated tooth wear (reported by your dentist)
  • Frequent headaches especially on waking in the morning
  • Ear pain / earache that often spreads to the face
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Pain or stiffness at the back of the head
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness

Physiotherapists are experienced treating musculoskeletal problems. Jaw pain however is a condition that is not commonly treated by most physiotherapists as many of the jaw muscles need to be accessed via the mouth.

At Proactive  Physiotherapy our physiotherapists are experienced in treating jaw pain with techniques both inside and outside the mouth. In addition they understand the complex link between the jaw and the head / neck and include this in the management of jaw pain conditions.

As physiotherapists with special interest in TMJ related conditions, neck pain and headaches, we understand that an effective approach to managing TMJ disorder and face pain must include a multi-faceted approach including:

  • Treating both inside and outside the mouth to reduce the pain and spasm associated with these conditions and to assist the return of normal TMJ function.
  • Treating stiffness and spasm in the neck and upper back to assist with reduction of associated symptoms which are often found with TMJ disorder.
  • Education regarding both sleeping and other postures to ultimately improve head on neck position and thus reduce the load on the TMJ and associated structures.
  • Prescription of specific exercises to stretch tight muscles and strengthen others to help normalise TMJ and neck function.
  • Working in conjunction with your referring dentist or specialist to coordinate any other treatment you may be receiving such as the use of an oral (mouth) splint to protect your teeth from grinding and to help break the cycle of clenching / grinding.
  • Referral to other specialists with a special interest in TMJ disorder for further assessment / investigation and treatment where necessary.

Jaw pain responds very well to specialised physiotherapy treatment, with most people experiencing significant improvement within the first few treatments. Fix your jaw condition  now. Contact the Proactive Physiotherapy Clinic today


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Thank you for your understanding.

Julie Faulks and the entire Proactive Physio team.