The Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ in short is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull and is the most frequently used joint in the body. Considering how often we use our TMJ in a day as we eat, drink, talk or yawn… that’s a lot! When your jaw hurts, clicks, locks or is unable to open or close properly, you could be experiencing what we know collectively as TMJ Dysfunction.
Most people living with TMJ Dysfunction are often (but not necessarily) teeth grinders or clenchers. It can be a part of a bigger picture where it is sometimes accompanied by headaches, dizziness, facial pains, tinnitus (ear ringing), or upper neck pain. Milder forms of TMJ Dysfunction may just cause you a painless click in the jaw. However, did you know that over a period of years, a seemingly harmless click in the jaw can wear out the joint quicker?
There can be various causes and contributing factors to your TMJ Dysfunction and a physiotherapist with advanced training in jaw dysfunction can help to identify these factors, diagnose a jaw dysfunction, treat your jaw, and work alongside your dental practitioner to achieve a positive outcome.
If you are experiencing issues with your TMJ or feel the need to have it checked, the next step is to call our clinic on 40536222 to book in with our physiotherapists today.