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Jaw dysfunction (TMJ), is it causing you pain?


Did you know your jaw could be the cause of pain in the face, neck and headaches?

About Jaw Myotherapy:


TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DYSFUNCTION / DISORDER (TMJ & TMD)

Jaw pain is a common complaint which is sought for treatment. In most cases jaw pain presents chronically but can also be acute in nature.

Some people live with jaw pain for years before it becomes painful enough to seek help, while others contract the problem suddenly — usually by some trauma or blow to the head, face and/or neck region.

Common symptoms:

  • Locking or clicking of the jaw, making it difficult to open or close your mouth.

  • Pain or tenderness of your jaw.

  • Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints.

  • Aching pain in and around your ear.

  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing.

  • Aching facial pain.

Diagnosis:

The diagnosis of TMJ disorders is often difficult due to the variety of

different causes including:

  • Physical trauma to the jaw from outside sources

  • Grinding and clenching of the teeth

  • Misaligned cartilage disc in the jaw

  • Emotional or physical stress

  • Anatomical deformities of the teeth and jaw

  • Jaw arthritis - Cartilage damage from arthritis

  • Side effects of recent dental work.

Treatment:

The approach to treatment of TMJ pain will depend on consideration of a range of factors which may contribute to TMJ pain. These may include: Mechanical: requiring dental correction, orthodontic, orthopaedic or neural intervention

Did you know?

80% to 90% of all TMJ disorders (TMD) are related to the muscles of the body, especially the head, neck & shoulder area.

87-98% of whiplash injuries result in TMJ problems?

How can Myotherapy help?

Myotherapists are muscle specialists qualified to treat Facial Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD).

Myotherapy is a physical therapy treatment that focuses on the preventative, corrective and rehabilitation phases of injury and pain management to maintain and achieve normal integrity of the soft tissue structure – Muscles, ligaments and tendons of the body.


Myotherapy treatment techniques applied:

  • soft tissue manipulation

  • corrective exercises

  • thermal therapies, both hot and cold

  • myofacial stretching

  • dry needling

At MYO MY Wellness our team brings years to the management and or treatment of jaw dysfunctions.

Our Myotherapists are highly experienced in treating Temporomandibular joint dysfunction which brings pain and dysfunction to the muscles and joints of the jaw.

We work with Melbourne’s dentists and doctors bringing a systematic approach to correct the underlying cause and the best possible treatment of jaw problems.


What will happen if left untreated?

  • Pain Escalation: Due to the stress and grinding of the jaw joint area, patients can experience varying levels of pain. Without treatment, TMJ can worsen the pain, leading to excruciating levels that may require medical intervention.

  • Deteriorating Oral Health: TMJ can result is troubling oral health problems like gum disease, tooth decay, or physical tooth trauma. Please refer to your dentist.

  • Permanently Damaged Jaw Joints: In the end, refusing to treat your TMJ could lead to permanent lockjaw, or inability to open or close your jaw. These occurrences will require an emergency visit to force open the jaws.

  • Deterioration of Hearing: While rare, patients may experience difficulty hearing, known as tinnitus, due to the close proximity of the grinding jaw joints and muscles to the ears.

Learn how we can help you at MYOMY Wellness. Read more about Myotherapy and other musculoskeletal conditions we can treat:

www.myomywellness.com.au/myotherapy

Private health rebates available for Myotherapy & Remedial Massage Treatments. Book you initial consultation and treatment today.

MYOMY Wellness

617-619 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, 3122

Ph 03 90422053

hello@myomywellness.com.au

www.myomywellness.com.au

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