Disorders of the jaw or a pain in the neck

TMJ Physiotherapy

The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is a hinge like connection between the jaw bone and the skull. Disorders of the jaw are very common. It can present as pain or discomfort across the face, the jaw or the neck. Some people experience limited mouth opening, clenching, clicking or locking of the jaw. Some may find it difficult or painful to chew food.

In most cases the pain or discomfort is temporary and can be managed without surgical intervention. Common treatments include medication, bite guards and specialised physiotherapy. Surgery is usually the last resort, once these conservative treatments have failed.

Your physiotherapy session will start with an assessment of your posture and functional analysis of your head and neck region as well as your upper body.

Interventions may include soft tissue release techniques, joint mobilising techniques, postural awareness and correction and specific exercises. In some cases we may apply techniques that involves placing a finger into your mouth to perform intra-oral release techniques. We will always prepare you for this and explain exactly what we are about to do.

To ensure best treatment outcomes, we often liaise with your dentist, GP, maxillofacial surgeon or other relevant specialist to gain full insight into your medical history and any treatments you may have received in the past.

FAQ's

We will make sure it doesn’t.

Bring along any aids you may have, such as your mouth guard, for assessment. If you have any reports from past medical imaging that can be useful, please bring them too.

We will look at your posture and lifestyle and get you to show us how you work, exercise and even sleep.

Absolutely. We will advise you on how to optimise your work ergonomics to reduce any contribution to your jaw pain.

 

In most cases daily practice is encouraged. We will give you tips on how to best include them into your daily life without too much trouble.

 

Yes, it might. Some people clench or grind their teeth at night. Over time, this can cause pain around the face or jaw. Some people require slightly more (or less) neck support while they sleep. We will ask you questions about your sleep hygiene and make recommendations if we feel you would benefit from changes to your sleeping habits.

 

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