About Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the jaw joint. TMJ dysfunction or TMJ syndrome are a collection of symptoms that have affected the functioning of the jaw. These symptoms can include:
- Jaw pain, jaw muscle pain or pain around the jaw area
- Clicky jaw, clicking sounds upon opening or during eating
- Headaches lasting for days
- Jaw is locked when trying to open
- Reduced mouth opening
- Neck pain
- Ear pain
- Jaw pain when yawning
- Pain on one side of the jaw, such as jaw pain on right side near ear
The Main Causes of TMJ Syndrome
Teeth grinding or clenching
2. Injury or trauma
Including accidents and tooth removal and braces.
3. Stress and anxiety
Does TMJ go away?
TMJ Syndrome is usually temporary, but it can endure for many months and it may flare up after a period of no symptoms, due to stress or injury.
How do you relieve TMJ?
If you are suffering from TMJ Syndrome, there are some things you can do to help yourself including:
- Chew food on both sides and eat softer food
- Cut food into smaller pieces
- Avoid chewing gum
- Self massage your jaw to reduce muscular tension and soreness
- Apply a heat compress to the jaw area to increase blood flow and relax muscles.
- If you grind or clench your teeth it may be advisable to get a soft mouth guard to wear from your dentist
- Develop practices that manage the triggers which exacerbate the symptoms such as stress or tiredness. Examples of practices that can help are meditation and breathwork
Osteopathy & Physiotherapy can help with TMJ Syndrome
Osteopathy & Physiotherapy consider the structure and functional inter-relationship between the structures of the head, neck, TMJ and the body as a whole, thereby diagnosing more accurately various dysfunctions and implementing appropriate treatment and management plans.
They may use alignment or mobilisation techniques, massage, stretching, traction and exercises to improve the function of the joint. Talk to us for an accurate diagnosis and an individualised treatment plan.