The “TMJ” is the joint between the Temporal bone (part of the skull) and Mandible (jaw). Like any joint, the TMJ can become inflamed and irritated leading to pain in the jaw that can radiate into the rest of the face, head, neck and ear. It can also lead to popping, clicking, or difficulty when opening or closing the jaw. TMJ Dysfunction is commonly caused by stress, poor posture, grinding and clenching the teeth, or head and neck trauma; however, other precluding factors involve habits such as excessive gum chewing, nail biting, or mouth breathing.
There are several forms of treatment for TMJ Dysfunction. Successful treatment methods include manual therapy (massage, joint mobilizations) and modalities (heat, ice, TENS), Stretches and strengthening exercises, and postural training to help achieve neutral alignment of the joints involved. Many of these treatments can be done by a physical therapist or chiropractor to avoid surgery or prescription medications.
If you are experiencing TMJ Dysfunction symptoms, we offer several treatment options in our office. We offer chiropractic adjustments, neck and shoulder massage to reduce inflammation, dry needling, and rehabilitative exercises. Contact our office today if you would like help with your TMJ Dysfunction.
-Written by Jamie Rebella Ligon, PT, DPT