TMJ Physiotherapy (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD, are a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) – the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When functioning correctly, this joint allows you to move your jaw, chew, and speak without pain or difficulty.

However, problems with the TMJ can lead to pain and discomfort, which is why TMD treatment by a physiotherapist can be helpful in improving symptoms. TMJ Physiotherapy uses a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue release techniques, exercises, modalities, intramuscular stimulation (IMS), and splinting to alleviate TMJ-related symptoms.

Relieve Jaw Pain with Expert TMJ Physiotherapy

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the temporal bones in front of the ears, allowing for up-and-down and side-to-side movement of the jaw. Damage to this joint or the surrounding muscles can affect one’s ability to talk and chew, leading to temporomandibular disorder (TMD). At The Compassion Centre: Wellness Physio & Rehab, we offer TMJ physiotherapy to treat jaw pain, as well as other services such as physiotherapy and hand therapy.

Causes of TMJ Dysfunction

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can have multiple causes, including injury to your teeth or jaw.

Factors that may cause TMJ:

If your jaw muscles become irritated, it can disrupt your jaw movement, causing discomfort. This discomfort can include muscle tenderness and difficulty in opening your jaw. Teeth grinding due to psychological stress can also cause muscle pain and tightness around the jaw area. Additionally, excessive jaw clenching or forceful biting can strain your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and cause pain.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

When it comes to TMJ, there are several symptoms to watch out for besides jaw pain.

Our TMJ Physiotherapy Treatments Aims To Provide The Following Benefits

If you have difficulty opening your mouth while eating or yawning or hear a popping sound when you open or close your mouth, you may be experiencing TMJ dysfunction. Our physiotherapists can help correct this.

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, connects your jawbone to your skull. Like any joint, injury or dysfunction can cause pain and disability.

Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include pain and difficulty moving. Some people may experience limited mouth opening, while others may have a joint that becomes stuck, causing all movements to be painful. The muscles surrounding the joint may also become stiff and sore. In severe cases, a dysfunctional TMJ joint can cause headaches or neck tension.

How TMJ Disorders are Diagnosed

Our physiotherapist will begin by taking a detailed history of your condition, followed by measurements of your neck and jaw range of motion. They will assess the structures around your jaw, check for joint clicking or popping, evaluate the strength of your jaw and neck muscles, and perform a postural assessment.

Once your evaluation is complete, the TMJ physiotherapist will discuss the findings with you, create a customized care plan, and work with you to achieve your goals, ultimately improving your quality of life.

How Our Physiotherapists Can Help With Temporomandibular Joint Problems

The joint that connects our jawbone to our skull is called the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). It acts as a sliding hinge that allows for the opening, closing, and side-to-side movement of the mouth. Problems with this joint can cause facial, neck, and headache pain, which could impact one’s quality of life. Therefore, it’s essential to address these issues immediately, and one solution is TMJ physiotherapy.

TMJ physiotherapy treatment requires extensive postgraduate training and a diverse approach. A TMJ physiotherapist may include several treatment techniques in your treatment plan. These methods may include manual therapy, IMS, acupuncture, and specific exercises. It’s always necessary to visit a dentist to verify if the use of a mouth guard is also required.

Can TMJ Be Treated With Physiotherapy?

If a patient is diagnosed with TMJ due to a stiff joint, which is usually caused by past trauma leading to stiffness, a physiotherapist can utilize manual therapy techniques to restore proper mobility to the joint.

At the Compassion Centre: Wellness Physio & Rehab, our skilled and trained physiotherapists can help you with your TMJ problems.

Our TMJ Physiotherapy treatment incorporates the following:

FAQs For TMJ Physiotherapy

TMJ physiotherapy involves a range of treatments and exercises aimed at improving the function and reducing pain associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. These disorders can cause jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, difficulty chewing, and headaches. Physiotherapy techniques such as manual therapy, exercises to improve jaw movement and stability, and modalities like ultrasound or laser therapy can help alleviate TMJ symptoms and improve jaw function.

During your TMJ physiotherapy session at The Compassion Centre, the physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment to understand your specific TMJ issues and develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include hands-on techniques to release tight muscles, exercises to improve jaw movement and strength, education on proper posture and jaw mechanics, and possibly the use of modalities like heat or ice therapy. The goal is to reduce pain, improve jaw function, and prevent future TMJ problems.

The timeline for seeing results from TMJ physiotherapy can vary depending on the severity of your TMJ disorder, your adherence to the treatment plan, and other factors like overall health. Some patients may experience relief after a few sessions, while others may require several weeks of consistent therapy to notice significant improvements. It’s essential to follow your physiotherapist’s recommendations, practice prescribed exercises at home, and attend regular sessions to achieve the best outcomes.

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It is strongly advised not to ignore the symptoms of TMJ and to seek advice from our therapists as soon as possible. If left untreated, TMJ can lead to joint arthritis or even cause your jaw to lock.

Depending on the severity of your TMJ, you have several treatment options available. Home remedies such as ice packs, massages of the jaw and neck, stress reduction techniques, or over-the-counter drugs may alleviate jaw pain.

At The Compassion Centre: Wellness Physio & Rehab, we focus on the latter through TMJ physiotherapy. Please feel free to contact us for more information about TMJ treatment and jaw pain relief.

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