Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ Disorder can be related to a range of problems from poor posture, chronic jaw clenching, and poor dental habits such as excessive gum chewing, to fracture or conditions such as lockjaw. Muscles around the jaw may spasm and affect your ability to open your mouth. Physical therapists help people with TMD ease pain, regain normal jaw movement, and lessen daily stress on the jaw.
Physical therapists utilize manual therapy, exercises, and modalities such a moist heat to relieve pain and help the muscles surrounding the jaw and neck work more optimally. Education will also be provided to assist patients to improve function and decrease pain outside of therapy as well.