Jaw Pain & TMJ Disorders
How Can Physiotherapy Help with Jaw Pain?
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) or the jaw, is responsible for performing everyday actions like talking and chewing. Apart from stress and anxiety, TMJ pain can be caused by trauma, arthritis, neck pain, poor oral habits or other diseases. In many cases, TMJ disorders persist and do not go away on their own. Our TMJ physiotherapy entails a customised manual treatment plan to address the patient’s specific ailment and ensure a comprehensive recovery.
Some of the major symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders include:
- Pain in the jaw area, either one side or both sides
- Difficulty chewing especially hard food such as nuts, crusty bread or raw carrots
- Pain in areas adjacent to the jaw such as the neck or head
- Clicking or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth
- Headaches and dizziness
A physiotherapy consultation for jaw pain will start with a full jaw and neck movement assessment to identify the root cause of the problem. The physiotherapist will then provide manual treatment in accordance with the severity of the pain. The treatment includes musculoskeletal manipulation, soft tissue massage and dry needling, as well as doing exercises that can help improve jaw dysfunction.
Follow up sessions would include full postural assessments, patient education, and addressing any poor lifestyle habits that may have contributed to the pain. Once the patient is free from jaw pain, the physiotherapist will also provide advice, helpful tips and prescribe exercises to help prevent the pain from returning.