Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
In addition to pelvic physical therapy, we also specialize in jaw pain disorders such as TMJ dysfunction. Common symptoms of TMJ include:
Difficulty opening your mouth, eating, or yawning
Tenderness above or around the jaw
Pain with chewing or eating
Ringing in the ears or chronic earaches
Jaw popping or clicking
What is TMJ?
The Temporomandibular joint acts as a sliding hinge connecting your jawbone to your skull. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) causes pain and dysfunction in this joint which can result in any of the symptoms listed above.
What causes TMJ?
TMJ can be caused by trauma, an improper bite, chronic teeth grinding or clenching, arthritis or general wear and tear. Poor posture, walking patterns and stress also contribute to TMJ and the symptoms associated with it.
How can physical therapy help me?
During physical therapy, your physical therapist will focus on restoring the jaw's motion, strengthening the jaw muscles, decreasing neck and jaw pain and promoting "low-load" exercises to help you maintain healthy jaw function.
What does a typical session look like for a patient wit TMJ?
During your first session we will provide a thorough examination of your neck, shoulders, and Thoracic spine to determine if this is the root cause of your TMJ. We will then assess jaw mobility and determine if there is tightness in other areas of the body such as the neck, shoulders, back, and head. Our main goal of the sessions moving forward will be to help restore normal, pain-free function to your jaw and improve mobility. Since we believe patients should have total control over their health and well-being, you will be a critical asset in the determination of your treatment and recovery plan. Together, as a team, we will work with a variety of treatment methods such as jaw exercises, massages, and other methods, to help you return to the pain-free life you deserve.
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The Relationship Between Jaw & Pelvic Pain
Jaw pain and pelvic pain often go hand-in-hand and can be affected by posture, walking patterns and stress. Slouching can cause your neck, jaw and pelvis to extend while prolonged sitting can lead to shortened muscles in the neck and hips. Even certain walking styles or patterns can cause these joints to be thrown out of whack. These types of imbalances that are created by poor posture can create pain and tightness in the pelvis and could lead to joint dysfunctions throughout the body, especially in the jaw. In addition to poor posture, stress and anxiety are other critical factors that link pelvic and jaw pain together. Both stress & anxiety can lead to clenching of both the jaw and the pelvic region which results in increased pressure in these areas. If this issue persists long enough, the jaw and pelvis may become stuck in this tense hold.
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