Temporomandibular joint therapy
for jaw pain and headaches
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are a group of pain conditions that affect the structures of the face especially jaw, neck and head. It is characterized principally by pain, limitation in jaw opening, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) noises or even tinnitus. Pain is often persistent and debilitating and can affect daily life and general well-being.
Persistent untreated TMJD can lead to chronic pain, problems with eating or speaking, degeneration of the temporomandibular joint, depression, or insomnia.
TMJDs cause is multifactorial and can include trauma, poor posture, diet, stress, braces, an uneven bite, bruxism (grind the teeth) depression/anxiety or systemic disorders e.g. rheumatoid arthritis.
Treatment often involve manual therapy (soft tissue massage, stretching, manipulation), home exercises, postural correction, medical acupuncture, laser therapy, relaxation techniques.