How does a physio treat jaw dysfunction?

TMJ Jaw Treatment

Treatment techniques are aimed at improving/restoring the normal alignment of the jaw and may include treatment such as:

  • TMJ joint mobilisation techniques
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Muscle relaxation and movement coordination exercises
  • TMJ movement pattern and timing correction exercises
  • Joint capsule stretches
  • Postural correction education and exercises
  • Treatment of the neck and upper back region
  • Dry needling/acupuncture

If your jaw is affected by a closing disorder, then your physiotherapist may refer you back to your dentist for their assistance in managing your TMJ dysfunction. The dentist will be able to provide you with a plate that will prevent you from clenching and grinding your teeth at night whilst you sleep.

With the appropriate treatment, TMJ dysfunction usually resolves successfully, with many studies showing that the majority of patients (75%) improve within a 3-month period of commencing treatment. Most patients will notice a good improvement within the first 3-4 weeks of treatment.

What can you do to help prevent my TMJ Dysfunction worsening?

  • Avoid continuous low load activities such as chewing gum
  • Avoid clenching down on pens/pencils/cigars in the mouth
  • Avoid leaning on your jaw with your hand
  • Avoid biting into hard foods such as apples/carrots – chop into smaller pieces first
  • Avoid wide mouth opening such as eating a large burger, yawning etc.

If you would like assistance managing and resolving your TMJ dysfunction, please call us on (07) 40536222 to book an appointment with Julie who has a special interest in treating this condition.