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Do you constantly wake up with a headache? Well, this isn’t normal! We can help determine if the reason is from your jaw.
We have two sides for a reason! Treatments with a TMJ Physio Specialist alongside your dentist can help you create symmetry!
We can help you loosen your jaw joints, upper neck and relax your clencher muscles just prior to your procedure. You stretch before you work out, why not before you keep your mouth open for dental procedures?!
Speak up then! We can help improve muscle and joint-related pain, decreased jaw mobility, and stiffness to help you open your mouth better.
The otologic symptoms could be arising from your TMJ and/or upper neck region. We can help determine if you have dysfunction in these areas and provide immediate solutions.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) comprise a large number of pathologies related to the masticatory muscles and/or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), as well as contributory surrounding structures such as the cervical spine. TMD is the second most common cause of chronic pain in the human musculoskeletal system, after chronic low back pain!
Characteristic symptoms of these disorders are:
TMD is a multi-factorial condition that is caused by both physical and psychological factors. One of the main physical reasons that we treat is hyperactivity of masticatory muscles and TMJ overload. These factors can contribute to the start of symptoms, which leads to compensation strategies and ultimately failure to take this capacity any further leading to pain and dysfunction.
Current indications for treatment for TMD follow a conservative approach that includes information, reassurance, control of functional excesses, physiotherapy rehabilitation, application of physical therapies, administration of drugs, and intraoral devices. The contemporary interdisciplinary approach to the problems of temporomandibular joint dysfunctions includes: dental treatment, orthodontic treatment, rehabilitation, pharmacotherapy and patient’s education.
For many people, a splint provided by your dental team and physical therapy services are enough to manage symptoms. We find that it a low-cost, personalized treatment with physical therapy services should complement your splint therapy (i.e. mouth guard) and be the first step prior to more costly and invasive procedures.
Hands on treatment of muscle and myofascial structures can increase the compliance and extensibility of the fascia in oro & craniocervical structures.
Intra and extra-oral joint mobilizations can improve your mouth opening and asymmetries with your jaw function to help with pain.
We know the right stretches and exercises that are best suited for neck pain and TMJ through our Feel it to Heal it Physio approach.
We examine your symptoms through a mechanical assessment of the jaw and neck. We can effectively determine how much influence your jaw and neck has on your symptoms, as well as determine if your symptoms are mostly due to the joint (arthrogenic) or muscles (myogenic). In many cases, you may have influence from all of the above that is collectively causing your pain.
Treatment is personalized to each person’s unique needs and focuses on the use of manual therapy techniques that restore optimal function while relieving pain and symptoms as quickly as possible. Our goal is to maximize each individual’s progress toward an active pain-free lifestyle.
As physical therapists with special interest in TMJ related conditions, neck pain and headaches, we understand that an effective approach to managing TMJ disorder and face pain must include a multi-faceted approach including:
Our approach and time with you allows for treatment of the cranial, cervical and orofacial structures all in one so we do not leave any crumbs behind
Our advanced training and knowledge in manual and exercise therapies to the cervical spine & jaw help you get the best relief in conservative care.
There are many causes of TMD. We hope to be your Physio you can trust to work with you and your team to maximize pain relief and outcomes.
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