TMJ & HEADACHE THERAPY
Through proven methods, Rehab Dynamics helps relieve the pain of TMJ and other facial dysfunctions. We also teach patients methods to relieve the extreme pain caused by chronic headaches.
What is TMJ? The Temporomandibular Joints are among some of the most frequently used joints in the body, allowing us to talk, chew, yawn, swallow and sneeze. They are located on each side of the cranium. To find your TMJ, place your fingers in front of each ear and open your mouth. You will feel an indentation beneath your finger.
TMJ disorder can develop when one or both of the temporomandibular joints stop functioning properly. This may happen due to any number of causes, some of which can include oral surgery, prolonged dental procedures, neck injuries and poor posture to name a few.
Individuals with TMJ disorder may experience either sharp pain or a dull constant ache. Symptoms may include:
- Jaw stiffness and soreness
- Locking of the jaw
- Difficulty opening the mouth wide to eat normally
- Difficulty chewing food
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Ear pain or a sense of fluid in the ear, feeling “stopped up”
- Head, neck, jaw, ear, tooth and/or shoulder pain
Depending on the cause of the TMJ symptoms, treatment may include: Postural alignment and positioning techniques for the neck and jaw, therapeutic exercises, manual therapy (“hands on”) techniques to address muscle tightness and restrictions, ultrasound and iontophoresis to stimulate circulation and decrease inflammation.
Our therapists will work closely with each patient to determine the potential cause of your TMJ symptoms and address it appropriately. You will be instructed in carefully selected exercises. The exercises and instructions you receive in physical therapy play a major role in the effective management of TMJ.