Treating TMJ Dysfunction And Jaw Pain With Physiotherapy

Do you find the pain in your jaw to be frustrating and embarrassing? Do you have trouble expressing yourself and getting along with others? Do the continual agony and nightly bruxing prevent you from getting a good night’s rest? Are you unable to concentrate because of jaw pain?


If your pain has been getting worse or isn’t improving after trying other over-the-counter medicines, it may be time to see a skilled physiotherapist for an evaluation. Physiotherapy is a proven method for treating TMJ dysfunction, and we’re eager to put our knowledge, training, and experience to work for you so that you can get relief from your jaw pain.

Rehabilitation exercises, dry needling, soft tissue massage, and individualised recommendations for pain management and full jaw function restoration are all part of physiotherapy for TMJ disorders and jaw pain. After doing a thorough evaluation of your condition, we will formulate a customised treatment strategy to alleviate your jaw discomfort.

The jaw joint, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is the body’s most active joint. It’s essential for life, as we rely on it for digestion, respiration, communication, and even humour. Therefore, when something goes wrong, as it may with any joint in the body, it can have a significant effect on our day-to-day activities.

Things that might indicate your TMJ (jaw) is the culprit for your symptoms include:

  • TMJ disorder can cause ear pain as well as pain in the jaw, face, and teeth.
  • Limited ability to smile widely
  • With a click or a lock
  • Clanking of teeth
  • Problems or shifts in eating habits
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Previous jaw fracture history

In general, there are three kinds of jaw pain:

  • uncheckedJoint pain, or arthritis, is a common source of discomfort.
  • uncheckedPain that originates in the muscles and fascia is known as myofascial disorder.
  • uncheckedInsomnia, neck pain, stress, poor tongue posture, psychological and social variables, and breathing difficulties all play a role in this multifaceted form of pain.
  • uncheckedNerve pain is a separate group that is far less common than the others.

It’s not uncommon for two or more of these types to coexist, and when they do, management will be different. Therefore, it is crucial to acquire an accurate diagnosis and expert guidance to determine the best course of treatment and rehabilitation for you.

What a TMJ Physiotherapy looks like:

  • In-depth questioning to pin down the root of your jaw pain’s origins.
  • An in-depth examination of your jaw’s range of motion to pinpoint the source of any limits or pain.
  • Frequently, issues with the jaw can be traced back to the muscles used for chewing. Your physiotherapist will perform a tactile evaluation to see if there is abnormal tension in these muscles.
  • Targeted, gentle joint mobilisation, remedial massage and/or dry needling to afflicted muscles (extremely effective treatment for the majority of jaw-related disorders), home exercises, and information about your condition all makeup TMJ treatment.
  • You’ll get an in-depth, individualised strategy that specifies how you may permanently alleviate your jaw discomfort and all the variables that have contributed to it.
  • Most importantly, you will leave each session with the resources you need to continue making progress on your recovery.

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