Facial pain is fairly common, but is not always due to problems with the Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ). Our therapists do a thorough evaluation to determine if the pain is coming from the TMJ, or is due to other dysfunctions such as myofascial dysfunction or problems with the cervical spine. Therapeutic stimulation of the TMJ can increase mobility and exercises can improve motion, control and stabilization.
Signs and Symptoms of Possible TMJ dysfunction include:
- Pain when opening and closing your mouth
- Pain when area around the joint is touched
- Inability to fully open mouth
- Jaw gets “stuck” when in an open position
- Trouble or pain with chewing
- Popping and clicking sounds when moving jaw
Manual therapy techniques may include myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, counter strain, soft tissue mobilization, and stretching. Education in posture and relaxation techniques may also need to be addressed. ETC therapists have extensive training and success in treating these problems in patients from all walks of life.