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What is it?

TMD refers to pain, loss of function, or disordered movement of the jaw (TMJ). The TMJ has similar characteristics to other joints of the body like muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, and tendons. These structures have the potential to become impaired and require treatment by a health professional, including physiotherapists.

TMD can affect anyone at any age and can often have debilitating effects of pain, stiffness, or loud noises if left untreated. At The Body Refinery we have trained physiotherapists that can confidently assess and manage a broad range of TMJ conditions. See below for a range of symptoms that can be experienced and ways we will assess your TMJ.

What are some common symptoms of TMD?

  • Clicking or locking of the jaw
  • Trouble chewing, yawning or eating
  • Headache or general pain through the face
  • Unable to open the jaw in a straight line
  • Clenching or night time grinding of teeth
  • Dental or ear pain
Temporomandibular Disorder new farm
Temporomandibular Disorder new farm

How can we help?

Our physiotherapists can provide education and treatment options to reduce pain, facilitate better TMJ movement and reduce the risk of recurring injury. A consultation will always start with the identification of what symptom is most troublesome and is followed by gathering a history of this symptom to aid in diagnosis. Subsequently, a TMJ assessment involves the measurement of the range of motion, strength, and function of the muscles and joints in your jaw. Your physiotherapist may also assess the internal structures of the jaw if it is required.

Physiotherapy treatment for the TMJ involves manual therapy, provision of education and exercises, and behavioural strategies to avoid exacerbation of the symptoms. Physiotherapy can often have great success in:

  • Improving ability to eat with comfort
  • Reducing clenching habits
  • Teaching correct movements
  • Improving range of movement
  • Reducing pain

If you are suffering from jaw pain or have any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you can call us on 07 3358 3915 to book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists.