Jaw – Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
TMJ and facial pain can be painful and debilitating. The pain is often associated with chronic bruxism or clenching. These habits can cause the muscles around the joint to become overworked and painful. Pain can be felt in the face or as headaches.
The TMJ contains a cartilage material or disc within it. Occasionally this disc can become locked within the joint causing the jaw to become very painful and difficult to open.
Physiotherapy is very successful in relieving these acute symptoms (making you able to eat and chew food again) by using gentle mobilising techniques and exercises to re-educate the jaw and tongue muscles.
Our Physiotherapists help you learn self treatment strategies such as how to stop you clenching habits. Patients often need to know how to control the muscles of their tongue and jaw more appropriately.