The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the most used joint in the body but a common source of pain and dysfunction.
Some of the more common symptoms include:
- pain with or without clicking/grinding
- headaches in a ‘headband pattern’
- ear pain or ringing
- limited opening/closing
TMJ dysfunction can be caused by trauma such as a whiplash injury, excessive stress on the joint due to grinding of teeth or chewing gum, postural abnormalities especially a forward head posture, emotional stress, myofascial pain syndrome, arthritis, or dislocation of the disc within the joint.
Fortunately, 75% of cases resolve within 3 months with treatment and options include:
- joint mobilization
- soft tissue or myofascial release
- specific exercises
Facts about TMJ:
- TMJ is caused when there is a misalignment of the jaw, neck and supporting structures
- 1 in 8 people are affected by TMJ issues
- TMJ is 4x MORE common in women than in men
Work with TT Physiotherapist Lindsay to get the relief that you need!