TMJ physiotherapists are highly trained in diagnosing and reducing jaw pain symptoms. TMJ physiotherapists look at all the structures in the vicinity of the jaw including the face, neck, upper back and cranium and take a multifactorial approach to manage jaw pain/TMJ disorders.
The most common symptoms include:
- Pain in the area of jaw or ear
- Limitations in opening the jaw
- Neck pain
- Treating both inside and outside the mouth to reduce the pain and spasm associated with TMJ dysfunction.
- Treating stiffness and spasm in the neck and upper back.
- Education regarding both sleeping and posture and other changes in daily living to reduce symptoms.
- Prescription of specific TMJ exercises.
- Working in conjunction with your referring dentist or specialist to coordinate treatment.
- Referral to other specialists for further investigation if necessary.