Do you have jaw pain? Do you experience pain with chewing and/or yawning? Do you hear clicking sounds or do you ever experience episodes of jaw locking? Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is one of the most common sources of pain in the face, neck and head area.
TMJ Rehabilitation is a unique practice in which a registered physiotherapist conducts a detailed assessment of the neck and jaw. This includes examining the patient’s posture (position of the jaw, tongue and neck), assessment of the TMJ for swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness or hypermobility of one or both TMJ, as well as assessment of range and quality of movement of the jaw and neck. A special note is made of signs of sleep bruxism (grinding or clenching).
An individualized rehabilitation program is then designed to address the jaw symptoms.
Types of Physiotherapy Treatments that are Effective in the Management of TMJ Disorders
Pain Relieving Modalities
Home Exercise Program
Often collaboration between a Registered Physiotherapist and A Dentist may be required in the treatment of TMJ disorders.