The Jaw is medically known as the Temporomandibular Joint, (TMJ).
Just like any other joint in the body the jaw can suffer from aches, pains, strains, arthritis, etc. When something goes wrong this is sometimes referred to as TMJ, but the more correct term is TMD, which means Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction.
We use our Jaw all day when we eat, drink, talk, sing, kiss and yawn. If you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth, (what dentists call bruxism), you may be using it excessively at night too. It stands to reason that it can sometimes give us trouble. Developing a good jaw function in childhood is important to help the bones and teeth grow correctly.
Symptoms that you might experience if you have Temporo-Mandibular Dysfunction (TMD) include:
Pain over the TMJ or into the face and temples
Locking or difficulty opening the mouth
Referred tooth pain
Referred ear pain
Noises in the ear
Feeling of a blocked ear
Clenching or grinding your teeth
If you would like to find out if our physiotherapist can help you, get in touch today. We are based in Redcliffe and also service Scarborough, Kippa-Ring, Newport, Margate and surrounding areas.
Your physiotherapy treatment is unique to you, it is tailored to your needs depending on the outcome of your assessment.
To get good results, in addition to working at your area of pain or dysfunction your physiotherapist may need to work on other areas. This might include your posture, facial muscles, tongue function, how your body moves generally & we may need to carry out treatment inside your mouth.
Techniques used can include exercises, joint mobilisation, massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, relaxation techniques, cranio-sacral therapy.
Your participation in your physiotherapy treatment is important for it to succeed. If you would like to receive all or only some of the treatments we suggest, that's fine.
Please let your physiotherapist know if you are hoping for something specific or if there is something you prefer not to do.
At Jaw Freedom we take your health seriously, please stay home if you are unwell or have been told to isolate.
If you need to postpone your appointment or book for telehealth please let us know.