The majority of us will notice a headache, or neck pain, but what if these symptoms were actually caused by our jaw? Studies have shown that 33% of individuals will have jaw related pain in their lifetime.
The correct name for the jaw is the temperomandibular joint (TMJ), and like other joints, the TMJ can get sore, tight and have tight muscles in the area.
Pain in the TMJ can have different causes, but most commonly, repetitive motion, clenching or grinding of the teeth are the culprits. This can result in pain and tightness in surrounding muscles and restricted motion of the jaw itself. The most common symptoms of a TMJ disorder is popping, locking or clicking of the jaw, pain in the neck, jaw or around the ear or headache.
The Osteopaths at Beyond Hawthorn and Windsor are able to effectively assess and treat musculoskeletal causes of TMJ pain and are able to provide self management advice to assist with prevent the pain from reoccurring in the future. During a treatment, we will take your history and assess the area, looking at the possible causes of the pain. We will also look at range of motion of the joint and tightness of surrounding muscles. The treatment may involve manual techniques such as soft tissue massage and stretching.
If you think that you may be suffering from TMJ related pain, you can make a booking with one of our qualified Osteopaths at Beyond Hawthorn and Windsor.
University of Maryland Medical System – http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/temporomandibular-joint-000162.htm
Management and treatment of temperomandibular disorders: a clinical perspective – “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2813497/