Did you know Osteopaths can assess and treat jaw restrictions and the surrounding muscles?
Our practitioners use a number of hands on techniques to correct joint dysfunctions, release muscle tension and optimise joint range of motion.
The TMJ resembles a ball and socket joint, with an intervening disc that allows the joint to move smoothly. When the joint is not functioning correctly due to an abnormality or injury this can often lead to pain and is commonly referred to as Temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
Symptoms may include:
- facial pain that worsens when the jaw is used
- joint and muscle tenderness
- limited range of motion
- jaw alignment issues
- clicking or popping sounds with opening or closing of the jaw
With the combination of hands on treatment, exercises and education on the cause your Osteopath can help reduce symptoms and prevent reoccurrence.
Causes of TMD can include
- grinding your teeth at night
- involuntarily clenching your jaw due to stress and anxiety
- trauma to the jaw joint, such as getting hit in the face while playing sports
Other causes of jaw pain are:
- Sinus problems
- Dental conditions (include gum disease, cavities or an abscess)
- Ear aches
- Neck dysfunction
- Trigeminal neuralgia (caused by nerve compression on the trigeminal nerve that provides sensation to a large portion of the face, including the upper and lower jaws)
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