What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, better known as TMD or TMJ, is the common cause for facial pain, pain with chewing/eating, and difficulty opening your mouth.
Did you also know that it can be the source of headaches, neck pain, and even dizziness? If you clench or grind your teeth, TMJ pain may be a source of your neck pain or headaches. TMJ can result from a variety of factors including posture, stress, previous dental history, foods, teeth grinding, previous injury, and arthritis. TMJ is a multifactorial condition and it takes a skilled professional to parse out what's most contributing. That's where Agile Physical Therapy can help!
How can physical therapy help?
Physical therapy is a conservative and holistic approach for TMJ pain. It can help reduce muscle tension, manage pain, and reduce painful jaw clicking/popping. Our highly trained physical therapists will ask you about your medical and dental history, your current lifestyle, and future goals. They will do an extensive upper body evaluation to assess all the factors that may be underlying your TMJ pain. Included in this will be an assessment of your jaw mobility, strength, and coordination. Additionally, they will outline an exercise program with you that usually consists of stretching, strengthening, and coordination exercises. You therapist will check your form and answer any questions before sending you home with information on how to access your specific program online.
TMJ pain can affect your daily life in an impactful way. You don't need to live with it and you don't need medications or expensive treatments. Take the conservative approach that will last.
At Agile Physical Therapy we don’t look at you as your injury, we see you for how your injury has affected your life. We will work with you to achieve your goals. Learn why Agile is the best in the business.