Physiotherapy is an effective approach for jaw pain and dysfunction. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatment can take the form of manual therapy techniques, muscle relaxation, exercises, and personalized counselling to reduce or relieve your symptoms.
Why treat the temporomandibular joint through physiotherapy?
A physical therapist with advanced training in the treatment of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can assess and treat jaw disorders and the symptoms associated with them, for example:
- Jaw pain (bruxism, osteoarthritis, postoperative pain, etc.)
- Articular noises (crunches) or sensation of friction
- Blockage when opening or closing the mouth
- Muscle spasms or tension points
- Fracture, dislocation or sprain
- Bad occlusion of the teeth
- Pain in the neck or face (teeth, eyes, etc.)
- Ear symptoms (pain, blockage, tinnitus, etc.)
- Numbness or tingling around the jaw
The physiotherapist will assess your range of motion, muscle strength and tension, joint stability, posture and lifestyle habits in order to suggest a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
How is the temporomandibular joint treated?
Various interventions are used by physiotherapists to reduce or relieve jaw symptoms, including:
- Manual therapy techniques
- Muscle relaxation
- Teaching about posture
- Tips to apply in your daily life
Dentists and physiotherapists often work together for treatment of the jawbone.