Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders

What is the TMJ?

These joints connect your jaw bones to your skull. They act like sliding hinges that enable you to move your jaw up and down, and from side to side, allowing you to talk, chew, and yawn.

The joints and the powerful muscles surrounding them can become sore or damaged due to a variety of disorders including teeth grinding or clenching.

Pain can be experienced in the joint area in front of the ear, the cheek, the temple, and in the ear itself. Difficulty in opening and closing the mouth, and chewing are common symptoms.

How we can help:

Our physiotherapist will assess your jaw joints, and decide on a therapy program which may include applications of ice, moist heat, and ultrasound along with exercises designed to stretch and and strengthen the jaw muscles as well as advice regarding posture, sleeping positions, and stress relief if required.

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