TMJ and Facial Pain
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
Treatment Of TMJ disorder is a condition that is commonly overlooked and generally not comprehensively managed. This is due to a lack of awareness that very specific physical therapy exists which can be extremely effective. As physical therapists with special interest in TMJ related conditions, neck pain and headaches, we understand that an effective approach to managing TMJ disorder and face pain must include a multi-faceted approach including:
Treating the structures of the jaw and neck responsible for symptom production
- Prescription of specific exercises to stretch tight muscles and strengthen others to help normalise TMJ and neck function.
- Addressing lifestyle postures and other factors that may be placing strain on these injured structures resulting in symptoms persisting or recurring episodically.
- Assisting to reduce fascial and nervous system involvement through manual therapies to the cranio-fascial and cervical spine.
- Working in conjunction with your referring dentist or specialist to coordinate any other treatment you may be receiving such as the use of an oral (mouth) splint to protect your teeth from grinding and to help break the cycle of clenching / grinding.
- Referral to other specialists with a special interest in TMJ disorder for further assessment / investigation and treatment where necessary.
Facial pain can be caused by a number of structures and can often go unresolved as the source of the pain is often unidentified or poorly managed. It can be frustrating and distracting from your everyday activities, including concentration, sleep and work.
Structures such as muscles, joints, nerves, teeth and sinuses are sources of facial pain. Once facial pain has been ruled out as coming from a dental, sinus or nerve related cause, patients often continue in pain without resolution of their symptoms. This is when you typically get frustrated as you do not have the answers as your dentist, ENT or other physician may not have the treatments to help you.
Treatment of facial pain related to musculo-skeletal causes, not only involves treating the structures which are the source of the pain, but also addressing causative factors involved in those structures becoming painful and pain producing in the first place. These factors often involve poor postures both during the day – such as work posture, work place set up as well as during the night – such as sleeping postures – a very overlooked cause.
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