TMJ Treatment: Relief for Jaw Pain and Headaches

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most frequently used joints in the body, and it’s also one of the most prone to problems. TMJ dysfunction can cause a variety of issues, including jaw pain, clicking sounds when eating or talking, facial changes, and even headache and neck pain.

Jaw Pain

Why Does TMJ Cause Jaw Pain?

The TMJ is a complex joint that combines a hinge and a sliding mechanism. When the disc that cushions the joint isn’t positioned correctly, it can pop or shift, causing the characteristic clicking sound. Additionally, irritation or overstretching of the fibrous capsule surrounding the joint, where nerves and a key muscle are located, can lead to pain radiating throughout the jaw and into the neck.

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What Causes TMJ Problems?

There are several factors that can contribute to TMJ dysfunction. Chewing tough foods, past injuries or surgeries, and even stress can all play a role.  Stress can lead to subconscious teeth clenching or grinding, which puts extra strain on the jaw, tightens muscles, and misaligns your bite. If left untreated, TMJ pain can spread to the other side of the jaw as well.

Here at Balgowlah Physo, we utilize a highly effective TMJ treatment plan that addresses the root cause of your jaw pain. Through extensive training, research, and collaboration with dentists and surgeons, we’ve developed a comprehensive approach to jaw physiotherapy.

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How Can TMJ Treatment Help?

Our TMJ treatment plan starts with a clear explanation of the problem using a jaw model. We then begin by massaging and loosening all the muscles surrounding the jaw, followed by the two muscles located inside the mouth.  A specialized tool is used to gently mobilize the joint and reposition the disc.  The treatment session concludes with two key components: a technique to loosen the joint itself and specific home exercises to aid in recovery.  Our focus is on restoring full movement in your jaw, reducing pain levels, and allowing you to perform daily activities such as eating and brushing your teeth with minimal discomfort.

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Headaches are horrible… We see many patients with numerous types of headaches such as:

TMJ Treatment Can Also Help with Headache

Headache is a common complaint, and TMJ issues can be a contributing factor. Here at Balgowla Physio clinic, we see many patients suffering from various types of head Pain, including:

  • Cervicogenic Headaches: When the neck joints become stiff and misaligned, they can refer pain to in different parts of the head. Specific massage and joint techniques, along with realignment procedures, can help alleviate these headaches and prevent them from recurring.

  • Tension Headaches: Many muscles connect your head and shoulders. When these muscles spasm, they can cause radiating pain into the head. Through a thorough assessment, we can identify the problem muscle and utilize manual therapy, targeted treatments, and exercises to address the pain.

  • Migraines: Migraines are severe headaches often accompanied by an aura (warning signs), sensitivity to light, sound, or touch, and nausea or dizziness. TMJ treatment for migraines involves techniques to reduce muscle tension and spasms, joint mobilization of the upper neck to lessen migraine intensity, and gentle exercises to manage pain. Our ultimate goal is to help you identify your migraine triggers and teach you self-management techniques to take control of your Head pain and prevent them from controlling you.

If you’re experiencing neck pain in addition to jaw pain or headache, be sure to visit our page on Upper, Middle, and Lower Back Pain for more information.

Stop TMJ Pain and Headaches Today!

Schedule an appointment with Balgowlah Physio to discuss a personalized treatment plan and get relief from jaw pain, headaches, and limited mobility. Our experienced physiotherapists will help you regain control and enjoy your daily activities comfortably.

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