How Can Physical Therapy Relieve TMJ Symptoms?

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ? TMJ is the excessive strain on jaw joints and muscles that control chewing, swallowing, and speech. The causes range from Bruxism or the grinding of one’s teeth to an injury to the neck, face, or jaw. Over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ, with a more significant percentage being women.

What are the Symptoms of TMJ?

Between 5%-12% of Americans have TMJ. For a diagnosis, The Therapy Center suggests visiting your physician and/or dentist. But, here are some of the most common systems for those that do have TMJ.

  • Jaw pain
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Sinus pain
  • Neck pain
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness
  • Throat discomfort
  • Pain in teeth and gums
  • Clinching of the teeth (Bruxism)
  • Ear fullness
  • Hearing loss
  • Ear blockage

How Can Physical Therapy Relieve TMJ symptoms?

Physical therapists are experts in evaluating and treating muscles, joints, and movement disorders. Your TMJ treatment plan will include the following:

  • Treatment of all of your jaw and facial muscles and the jaw joint, including treatment of muscle imbalances and trigger points
  • A review of your neck and your posture and a plan for improvement
  • A restoration of your breathing pattern
  • Improve mouth opening and an improved bite

Treatment of orofacial pain is a specialization within orthopedic physical therapy. At The Therapy Network, you will be treated by therapists who have comprehensive training in this complex area.

The Therapy Network’s TMJ & Facial Pain Clinic

TTN often hosts TMJ and Facial Pain Clinics in the Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake regions to continue the team approach. You will be seen by both a physician and a specialist physical therapist at this clinic. Both will work together to create the best treatment plan.

Contact us today for additional information about our next TMJ & Facial Pain Clinic or to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our specialist physical therapists.