Physical Therapy For TMJ Dysfunction
TMJ dysfunction affects an increasing number of patients each year. As physical therapists, we are in a unique position to help you as we can partner with your dentist to successfully manage dysfunction of the TMJ. There is a close relationship between the cervical spine, TMJ, and masticatory (chewing) system creating the potential for pain of cervical origin to affect the facial area.
If you are experiencing orofacial pain, systematic and well-rounded treatment such as physical therapy will fully dissolve your pain. Poor cervical posture can result in increased tone and trigger points in both jaw and cervical musculature. The resulting hypertonicity of specific muscles, including the masseter and temporalis, leads to myofascial pain.