Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)

Jaw Pain in Vaughan? Physiotherapy should be your first choice!

Jaw Pain or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction can be a temporary nuisance or a life-altering problem. When TMD is less severe you may have trouble biting down on harder foods which can cause jaw pain throughout the joint, it’s annoying but not serious. With a little care and time the pain goes away. However, when it is severe, simple activities like talking or eating become a big issue.

 Jaw, TMJ, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction


Physiotherapy for Jaw Pain / Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)


Causes of TMJ dysfunction (TMD) can include blunt trauma to head and neck, slip and falls on the sacrum causing compensations up the spine and into the cranial bones, whiplash accidents, orthodontics, and prolonged deskwork or “text-neck” leading to forward head postures.


A Physiotherapist can develop a program for you that includes learning and practicing techniques for regaining normal jaw movement & reducing jaw pain.


The focus of Physiotherapy for Temporomandibular disorders is relaxation, stretching, and releasing tight muscles & scar tissue. Physiotherapy is an especially important part of recovery from TM joint trauma as it helps muscle tightness.


Physiotherapy for jaw pain techniques may include:


  • Jaw exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility and range of motion.
  • Dry Needling/Intramuscular Stimulation to release shortened bands of muscle in the jaw.
  • Acupuncture to improve blood flow to the joint and muscles and interfere with the body’s pain signals
  • Soft/Deep tissue Massage to relieve overall muscle tension.
  • Training to improve posture and correct jaw alignment.
  • Movement of the temporomandibular (TM) joint to release scar tissue that restricts muscle movement and to improve range of motion.


What To Expect After Treatment

After a Physiotherapy session you should rest the jaw, try to control habits that cause jaw pain, perform the prescribed exercises, and avoid chewing foods that stress the joint.


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