Have you ever sat beside someone at a meal and you can hear their jaw clicking and clunking?
Then they touch their cheek in pain as they continue to chew?
Have you yourself ever suffered from headaches, facial pain, ears ringing, your jaw getting stuck or even tooth pain?
If any of this is familiar to you, you may be suffering from an issue in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), also known as jaw pain.
The TMJ joint sits right in front of your ears and it is responsible for anything involving opening the mouth, for example yawning, chewing, taking large bites of food and even talking.
Pain in the TMJ can lead to issues in the surrounding areas as well such as headaches, neck pain, ear pain, ringing in the ears and numbness and tingling into the cheeks, just to name a few.
There are many structures that form the TMJ: bones, cartilage, disc, nerves, and multiple muscles that make it work properly. The good news is that physiotherapy has been proven through evidence-based research to improve temporomandibular disorders. (1-4)
Our physiotherapist will assess not only your jaw, but your head, neck and posture as well. Of course, we then assess the TMJ itself as well as the surrounding musculature.
Then from this information, we choose from multiple options of evidence-based treatment in order to improve your pain. These include manual therapy, postural and TMJ specific exercises and individualized modalities to help reduce the pain.
If these symptoms sound familiar to you, please talk to your dentist, family doctor or walk right in to the clinic and arrange a time to get started with WIN physiotherapy, and we’d be happy to help you!
1. Tuncer AB, Ergun N, Tuncer AH, Karahan S. Combined manual therapy & home physical therapy reduces temporomandibular disorder symptom. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2013 Jul;17(3):302-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2012.10.006. Epub 2012 Nov 16 https://myorthoevidence.com/AceReports/Report/5312#.W6p--tCqjpc.email
2. Fernandez-Camero J, et. Al. Short Term Effects of Dry Needling of Active Myofascial Trigger Points in the Masseter Muscle in Patients with Temporomandibular Disorders. Journal of Orofacial Pain. December 2010.
3. DeMoraes Maia, ML, Donjardim LR, Quintans J, et al. Effect of low-level laser therapy on pain levels in patients with temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. .J. Appl. Oral Sci. vol. 20. No. 6. Nov/Dec 2012.
4. Kato MT, Kogawa EM, Santos NS, Conti PC. TENS and low-level laser therapy in the management of temporomandibular disorders. J. Appl. Oral Sci. vol. 14 no. 2 Apr. 2006