TMJ and Jaw Pain in Carnegie, Melbourne

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects millions of people. Many more go undiagnosed. They don’t realize they have it, that they may inadvertently be contributing to the problem, or that multiple physiotherapy options are available to treat it. Depending upon the severity and longevity of the condition, individuals can suffer from toothaches, muscle spasms and facial deformities.

The TMJ is the jaw joint located in front of each ear. The condition affects more women than men and the pain can range from mild to severe. Tenderness and swelling may accompany the pain. TMJ problems can be transitory or chronic. In the most severe cases, individuals may not be able to open their mouths fully or the jaw may become locked in place.

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Signs & Symptoms

The symptoms of TMJ pain can manifest as a headache upon waking up and difficulty chewing or opening the mouth. Individuals may experience pain in the face, jaw or neck that may even radiate to the neck and shoulders. One of the most common indications of TMJ disorder is popping or clicking in the jaw when a person chews.

TMJ disorder can originate from multiple causes. Poor posture and hunched positions can strain the jaw, face and neck muscles. People that clench their teeth during the day or engage in nocturnal teeth grinding can experience TMJ pain. Chewing hard foods and arthritis can trigger an episode.

Individuals with an uneven bite, who have missing teeth or undergo some dental procedures, are at risk for TMJ disorder. Conversely, TMJ dysfunction caused by teeth grinding and clenching places additional stress on the jaw and can result in dental problems. Blunt force trauma and injury are also factors.

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TMJ Treatment and Managment

Physiotherapy Melbourne offers multiple treatment options for TMJ pain, depending upon the cause. The Centre can provide clients with specific therapies, lifestyle changes, sleep positions and pillows that reduce reoccurrences. Dry needling works to release pressure and stress at specific points and increase circulation to the affected areas.

Exercises, stretching movements and heat therapy can be employed at home to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Physiotherapists can manually manipulate the TMJ and surrounding tissues to relieve pain. Specific massage techniques are effective in relieving pain and muscle tension that accompanies a flare up of TMJ disorder.

The experts at Physiotherapy Melbourne have specialized training and extensive experience treating the symptoms and causes of TMJ pain. They’ve been assisting clients manage the disorder for over 15 years to eliminate pain and facilitate healing