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TMJ (Jaw) dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your skull to your jawbone. It is an important part of the body and is involved in talking, eating, chewing, and yawning. It is one of the most used joints in your body. 

It is estimated 30% of people will suffer from TMJ dysfunction or pain. This can have a significant effect on quality of life and is something physio can help to manage. 

Common conditions we treat

  • TMJ pain and dysfunction

  • TMJ disc displacement 

  • Arthritis 

  • Myofascial/muscular pain

  • Bruxism  clenching or grinding


  • Jaw pain

  • Facial pain 

  • Teeth or gum pain 

  • Restriction in jaw movement

  • Locked jaw

  • Ear pain or blocked ear

  • Clicking jaw

  • Neck pain and stiffness

  • Difficulty chewing

Common contributing factors

  • Trauma

  • Clenching or grinding

  • Dental work 

  • Stress 

  • Hypermobility

Physio management may include

  • Education 

  • ConnectTherapy approach  assessing your whole body

  • Exercise prescription range of motion, stretching, coordination

  • Postural retraining 

  • Manual therapy or hands on treatment releasing the muscles of your jaw and neck

  • Self management strategies

  • Training optimal muscle activation

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