Treatment for TMJ Syndrome
Physical therapy is effective in the treatment of TMJ. A physical therapist will analyze your jaw mobility and release muscle tension in the neck and head area. A comprehensive evaluation is done of the neck, shoulder girdle and thoracic spine to determine if those structures are causing your symptoms. The goal of physical therapy is to restore the interaction of the muscles and joints and to restore normal function.
Treatment for TMJ may include soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, myofascial techniques, mouth guards and jaw exercises. Dry Needling and Deep Tissue Laser Therapy are excellent treatments to decrease muscle tension and provide pain relief. In addition, a physical therapist can educate you on dietary changes that will decrease stress on the jaw joint.
Dentists and Physical Therapists
More and more dentists are working with specialized Physical Therapists to deliver effective treatment for patients with TMJ disorder. This team effort has led to an improvement in over 80 percent of cases. Working with a physical therapist who understands craniofacial disorders is crucial to success. These specialized physical therapists will understand the relationship between the neck and teeth areas. This team effort is successful because the dentist can explain the underlying problems and help the therapist design custom exercises.
When physical therapists treat patients with TMJ, the goal is to improve mobility and alignment along with strengthening the muscles. And if the patient has scar tissue, they can help treat that too.
Are you having difficulty chewing or yawning? Do you have jaw pain? Do you hear a clicking noise when you open and shut your mouth? These may all be signs of TMJ syndrome. Don’t suffer anymore. A physical therapist can help you manage and eliminate symptoms. Contact Us TODAY at Total Body Therapy & Wellness in Lillington, NC to schedule a one-on-one consultation and a complete, thorough evaluation. Our physical therapists have helped many who suffer from TMJ disorder and can help you, too. We are patient-centric and committed to your health.