I enjoy treating jaw issues, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. If your jaw has been bothering you, I work alongside your dentist to help. Physios with training in jaw rehab are able to look to see:
- Do you have normal motion?
- Is it stiffness or tightness?
- Is it related to your neck? Is the tension contributing to headaches?
We can help give relief & also give you exercises to help your jaw.
What is temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)?
The temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ, is the joint of our jaw. It can become aggravated from various things like dental work, chewing, and stressful situations that cause clenching. Bruxism is the forced clenching and grinding of the teeth, which can especially happen during sleep. Often there can be pain and clicking or difficulty opening that is lasting after your dentist visit.
There are many types of jaw issues including capsulitis, retrodiscitis, hypermobility syndrome, anterior disc displacement with or without reduction, a stiff jaw, or pure myofascial jaw pain.
TMJ issues can be the cause of headaches (especially in the temporal region, on the side of your skull). It can also cause dizziness, ear aches, and facial pain. Upper neck pain and stiffness can also be related to the jaw.
How can Jenna help?
At Tall Tree Health in Victoria BC, Jenna Peters is a physiotherapist who can examine your jaw to see if there are abnormal patterns that may be contributing to your issues. For most, TMJ discomfort can be a temporary annoyance and resolves without treatment. However if the pain is ongoing, a detailed exam by a physiotherapist can be helpful. Treatment plans are unique to each patient. I can help with the issues and also teach you how to treat your own jaw at home to provide relief.