TMJ Pain & Dysfunction

Temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw pain may arise after sporting injuries, falls, prolonged dental procedures, bad habits such as jaw clenching or there may be underlying structural or inflammatory issues. People who have a ‘clicky jaw’ would also benefit from treatment in this area.

A physiotherapist will assess and treat your jaw and the surrounding structures.

TMJ dysfunction can be a contributing factor in ongoing neck pain and headaches.

Treatment by a physiotherapist could include:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Gentle mobilisation of stiff or painful temporomandibular joint
  • Muscle energy techniques to relax the muscles
  • Specific exercises to improve function of the jaw
  • Checking and treating the neck joints which can be a contributing factor to jaw pain
  • Ultrasound (hyperlink to therapeutical ultrasound page), laser, dry needling (hyperlink), acupuncture
  • Working alongside dentists and doctors to improve alignment of the jaw

For more information on how Physiotherapy can help with TMJ dysfunction, contact our team.

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