What is TMJ Dysfunction?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and refers to the two joints that connect your jawbone or mandible, to the temporal bone of your skull. When functioning normally these joints allow you to move your jaw, chew, and speak without jaw pain or limitation. Problems with the TMJ that lead to jaw pain are called TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction). TMD can be a painful and debilitating condition and can be difficult to resolve. But with a team approach involving your Physiotherapist and an experienced Dentist, patients can successfully eliminate their symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms of TMJ?
TMD symptoms can be mild or quite severe. They can make it difficult to eat solid food. Here is a list of common symptoms that patients experience when dealing with TMJ dysfunction.
– Pain in the TMJ joint – just in front of your ear hole.
– Painful popping or clicking
– Locking of the jaw in an open position
– Muscle spasm at the angle of their jaw and on the side of their head
Physiotherapy and TMJ Dysfunction
Our Physiotherapists will do a thorough assessment of your TMJ problem and match the treatment plan to the cause of your symptoms.
IMPROVING TMJ MOBILITY
REDUCING MUSCLE SPASM
STRENGTHENING FOR HYPERMOBILE JOINTS
PAIN RELIEF FOR TMJ DYSFUNCTION