What is TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) or Jaw pain?
The TMJ is located directly in front of the inner ear and below your temple. All of us use the TMJ many times during the day, for example when we talk, yawn, eat, drink or chew. However once injured, treatment of the TMJ requires very specific and refined techniques, performed by a trained physiotherapist in this field.
Pain and tenderness in the TMJ is called Temporomandibular Dysfunction, or TMD. This can be caused by the disc in the TMJ moving incorrectly in the joint or tightness in the surrounding musculature. Pain may be located in the ear, face, teeth, head or jaw itself and popping, clicking or locking of the jaw are signs of TMD. Neck pain and headaches are also almost invariably associated with TMD.
The causes of TMD are many and varied, including poor posture, stress and tension leading to jaw clenching and grinding, a prolonged dental procedure or a blow to the face.
Marion is an experienced physiotherapist, highly trained in the treatment of TMD and focuses her extensive skills on treating this painful condition, as well as in helping to resolve back and neck pain in her clients. In the case of TMJ, she uses specific hands-on techniques to relax the jaw muscles and treat the joint itself.
Exercises and self-management advice are an important part of the treatment package offered by Marion at Mandala Wellness.
A typical TMJ session will include:
Thorough assessment of the jaw and neck to ascertain the reason for pain and dysfunction.
Appropriate hands-on techniques to ease muscle tension and/or improve range of movement.
Exercise prescription to complement and enhance the physiotherapy treatment.
Self-management techniques to give the patient independence in managing their condition.