The anatomical name of the Jaw is Temporomandibular Joint and may be called the TMJ. The TMJ is a unique joint within the body that relies on symmetrical motion between the left and right sides. Often problems with this area are called TMD or Temporomandibular Disorder.
Issues of the TMJ can be due to tension in the jaw muscles, abnormal movement of the joint, or a combination of the two. TMJ/TMD treatment in Melbourne is, therefore, dependent on a clear diagnosis.
The causes are varied and a careful history and assessment is required to diagnose and determine the best treatment and management.
TMJ/TMD is often due to uneven muscle tension or asymmetric motion, which can be caused by:
- Dental work/Pathology
- Orthodontic History
TMJ/Jaw pain and dysfunction can be debilitating. Symptoms often include jaw and neck tension/pain, reduced range of jaw movement or locking, clicking/popping noises, headache and facial pain.
As the jaw is required to open and close thousands of times per day and we use powerful jaw movements to eat, these issues can be longstanding. As such, a comprehensive treatment and management strategy is essential.
Our practitioners treat TMJ dysfunction with manual therapy, rehabilitation exercises, mindfulness approaches and education. We also work in team care arrangements with dentists when appropriate.
For a comprehensive and tailored TMJ treatment in Melbourne, we recommend getting in touch with one of our practitioners.