Physiotherapy For TMJ & Jaw Pain in Melbourne
TMJ is short for “temporo-mandibular joint,” and disorders associated with this joint are a common complaint our physiotherapists here at Glen Eira Physiotherapy Centre treat.
The TMJ is where your lower jaw (mandible) attaches to the base of your skull on each side of your head. If you place your fingers just in front of your ears and open and close your mouth you can feel these joints move.
Some people suffer from disorders affecting one or both TMJ’s, muscles and surrounding tissues. These disorders often cause pain and restrict jaw function. Signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction vary in their presentation and can be very complex. On average the symptoms will often involve one more of the numerous TMJ components: muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue and the teeth. Ear pain associated with swelling of the proximal (close to the joint) tissue can be a symptom of TMJ disorder.
Causes of TMJ Disorders & Jaw Pain:
The TMJ is located in front of each ear. Pain in this joint is common and affects women more than men.
- Dental work
- Clenching or grinding teeth
- Nail biting
- Chewing gum or hard foods
- Car accident, air bags
- Blunt force to the face, soccer ball, punch, etc
- Disc tears or movement
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Disorders & Jaw Pain:
- Muscle spasm
- Locked jaw, unable to open and close your mouth
- Facial deformity, or swelling
- Tenderness over the jaw joint in front of the ear
- Toothache or ear pain
- Pain in the neck
TMJ Disorders & Jaw Pain Therapy
If you are suffering from any of these signs or symptoms, know that you are not alone. At our TMJ clinic in Carnegie, Melbourne, we have TMJ Physios who are highly qualified to assess, diagnose and treat jaw joint pain or TMJ pain. Not all physios are experienced in this treatment. It is important to find the right one. Do not delay call us now !!
TMJ & Jaw Pain Physiotherapy Treatment involves:
- Mobilisation of the joint
- Massage to the muscles of the jaw
- Neck treatment, as mostly your neck is part of the problem
- Dry Needling
- Home exercises and stretching
- Possible referral to a dentist to be fitted with an occlusion splint
- Advice on good posture
- Advice on good sleeping positions and pillows