TMJ Dysfunction Physiotherapy Edmonton
TMJ Dysfunction Physiotherapy
Understanding TMJ Dysfunction
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex system of muscles, tendons, and bones that can cause significant discomfort when dysfunction arises. TMJ dysfunction can manifest through a variety of symptoms that can impact one’s daily life. The common indicators are:
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Aching pain in and around the ear
- Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
- Jaw locking, making it difficult to open or close the mouth
- Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds from the jaw joint during movements like opening the mouth or chewing
The severity of these symptoms could vary and might be present on one or both sides of the face. Recognizing these signs is essential in seeking timely TMJ dysfunction treatment. At Vertex Physio, we address these symptoms head-on, offering you a path to recovery and pain-free living.
Causes: Unraveling the Triggers Behind TMJ Dysfunction:
- Jaw injury or trauma
- Excessive gum chewing or nail-biting
- Dental issues or misalignment of the teeth
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress, which could lead to teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Connective tissue issues that may affect the temporomandibular joint
Comprehensive Diagnosis: Discovering the Root Cause
Tailored TMJ Dysfunction Treatment in Edmonton
Physical Therapy Exercises for TMJ: Regain Your Comfort
Modalities in TMJ Dysfunction Physiotherapy: A Multidimensional Approach
At Vertex Physio in Edmonton, our commitment to excellence in TMJ dysfunction treatment is exemplified by our diverse range of therapeutic modalities. We understand that TMJ pain relief and rehabilitation require a multifaceted approach tailored to each individual’s unique condition. Here’s an insight into the various modalities we utilize to ensure a holistic recovery process:
Joint Mobilization: Gently moving the jaw joint to improve range and reduce pain.
Soft Tissue Massage: Easing muscle tension in the jaw, neck, and head to alleviate discomfort.
Customized Functional Movements:
Strengthening Exercises: Building strength in the jaw and surrounding muscles to support better TMJ function.
Stretching Routines: Enhancing flexibility to reduce stiffness and improve movement.
Pain Management Techniques:
Using sound waves to promote deep healing and reduce inflammation.
Heat/Cold Therapy: Managing pain and swelling with the application of heat or cold packs.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation): Delivering mild electrical pulses to the area to reduce pain signals and muscle spasms.
Intramuscular Stimulation: Relieving deep muscular tension and pain through targeted needle insertion.
Education and Self-Management:
Jaw Relaxation Techniques: Training in methods to keep the jaw relaxed and prevent grinding or clenching.
Postural Training: Educating on optimal postures to reduce strain on the TMJ.
Each modality offers its unique benefits, and when combined, they provide a comprehensive treatment regime that addresses the complexities of TMJ dysfunction.