Posted by | February 26 | 2019

What Is TMJ Dysfunction?

TMJ Dysfunction

Have you ever experienced difficulty chewing or yawning, sudden jaw pain, or clicking or locking in your jaw? Do you have constant headaches, neck pain, stuffiness, or ringing in your ears? If so, you could be dealing with symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ). TMJ problems are often left untreated or undiagnosed due to a lack of understanding, and the pain and discomfort can get worse with time. To understand TMJ dysfunction and where you can get TMJ pain treatment, here are some facts to know.

What Is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

The TMJ is located in front your inner ear, below your temple, comprised of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and bones. It is used when we talk, eat, drink, yawn, and chew and can be felt if you place your fingers in front your ears and open and close your mouth.

What Is TMJ Dysfunction/Syndrome?

When someone has pain and tenderness in at the TMJ site it is known as TMJ dysfunction or syndrome. It is caused by the disc in the joint moving out of place, causing pressure on the sensitive areas surrounding the joint. The causes of TMJ dysfunction include clenching or grinding teeth, poor posture that strains or overuses the facial and neck muscles, stress and the inability to relax, lack of adequate sleep, arthritis, fractures and injuries, and structural problems present since birth.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ

The symptoms of TMJ dysfunction can be very frustrating and irritating. They should be diagnosed by your doctor, dentist, or natural healthcare practitioner, especially if the pain becomes chronic.

  • Pain in the jaw joints or facial muscles
  • Clicking, grinding or locking of the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • Pain while talking, chewing (especially hard food) and yawning
  • Ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

How Can Physiotherapy Help Your TMJ?

Physiotherapy is the best treatment for TMJ dysfunction, compared to risky and expensive surgery. Research and knowledge about TMJ issues have enabled natural healthcare practitioners to discover how rehabilitation techniques can decrease the symptoms and even eliminate most of the headaches and pains related to the condition. Physiotherapy treatments include techniques and exercises to improve the motion of the joint and to reduce muscle stiffness. By doing this, the pressure and stress on the disk and joint will be alleviated, thus reducing pain.

Seek Physiotherapy for Your TMJ Issues

If you want to take active steps toward healing your TMJ issues, physiotherapy may be the solution. Physiotherapy and TMJ exercises can help you have a faster recovery so you can return to your normal level of health and function.

At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to treat your chronic pain and health conditions. We serve patients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill/Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our patients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your initial physiotherapy assessment.

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