Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain
TMJ pain or TMD (Temporomandibular dysfunction) is present in 10% of the Australian adult population1. TMJ pain and orofacial pain can be debilitating as clicking, locking, loss of range, pain, clenching or grinding and headaches restrict mouth and facial movements hampering our ability to eat, smile and communicate. It is not uncommon for patients to experience neck pain in addition to their jaw pain.
A musculoskeletal physiotherapist has professional experience to effectively assess and treat TMJ pain. Physiotherapy TMJ treatment involves muscle techniques to those around the jaw and face, joint mobilisations of the jaw and cervical spine. Mobilisations of the jaw may also involve treatment inside the mouth so don’t be surprised if your physiotherapist puts some gloves on!