TMJ Dysfunction (TMJD)

Jaw pain is second only to back pain for patient visits. This is a complex condition that can involve postural imbalances coupled with emotional unrest. Your situation is unique and may require a customized treatment plan. It all starts with a proper assessment.

Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) is the common and debilitating condition. In fact behind back pain TMJD is the second most common reason for pain. The people that struggle with it understand the negative impact that TMJD has on their life.

Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction (TMJD)

  • Headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Shoulder/neck pain
  • Chewing pain
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing problems
  • Jaw clicking, popping, or grinding sounds
  • Jaw locks up

Causes

  • Postural imbalances
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Myofascial adhesions
  • Tense muscles
  • Stress
  • Sport injury
  • Auto accidents
  • Emotional unrest

Solutions

  • Orthopeadic Assessment
  • Treatment Program Development
  • Targeted Manual Therapy
  • Active Rehabilitation

The first step to any TMJ treatment is a careful assessment. Many patients have postural imbalances that can be either the primary cause of the TMJD or a secondary aggravating factor. A series of 3 to 8 treatments is often required in an attempt to re-pattern the TMJ dysfunction. Treatment goals and criteria for detecting progress will be established so you may measure effectiveness. Longstanding TMJ dysfunction can frequently be improved but not fully resolved. In these cases clients “graduate” after an initial series to monthly or seasonal visits of to keep old patterns from recurring.

Treatments are usually 30-45 minutes in length. In many cases the massage therapist may be required to do intra-oral work, inside the mouth, but this usually doesn’t last longer than 20-30 seconds. The muscles and fascia of the back, neck, shoulders, head, and face may be worked on as well. With severe postural imbalances or fascial adhesions your therapist may need to work on other areas of the body. As with any type of treatment there may be a certain level of discomfort as the therapist releases trigger points and fascial adhesions but we always work within your comfort level of tolerance.

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