Why Physical Therapy for TMJ Disorder?
Treating TMD with physical therapy is an effective method to relieve pain and discomfort. When you come to HealthActions for your physical therapy evaluation and treatment, you can expect your therapist to analyze your jaw mobility and release muscle tension in the head and neck region.
Our physical therapy team will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your TMD, neck, thoracic spine and shoulder girdle to determine the structures causing TMJ symptoms.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms:
- Jaw discomfort or soreness (often most prevalent in the morning or late afternoon)
- Pain radiating behind the eyes, in the face, shoulder, neck, and/or back
- Earaches or ringing in the ears (not caused by an infection of the inner ear canal)
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw
- Mouth motions are limited
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Sensitivity of the teeth without the presence of an oral health disease.
- Numbness or tingling sensation in the fingers
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together.
Physical Therapy Treatment Options
- Trigger Point Release
- Functional Manual Release
- Posture training focusing on the spine, head & jaw relationship
- Joint mobilization to improve range of motion and reduce disc displacement
- Stabilization Program
- Joint Alignment
- Ultrasound and Iontophoresis to reduce inflammation and spasm
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