By Jeremy Wisdom, Physiotherapist

Experiencing discomfort in your jaw joint? That might be Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) syndrome, manifesting as pain located just in front of your ear when you move your mouth.

Jaw pain can stem from various sources and exhibit diverse symptoms. For instance, headaches might result from teeth clenching, rather than directly causing jaw pain.

Misdiagnosis is common; symptoms often get attributed to headaches, ear issues, dental problems, or even back troubles.

With over 15 years of expertise, I’ve been offering effective TMJ treatments. I approach assessment and diagnosis holistically, considering the entire body. Frequently, TMJ pain is linked to poor posture and stress. Accurately identifying the root cause enables swifter solutions for relief.

If you’re seeking TMJ relief in Claremont, comprehensive assessment and tailored treatments can address underlying issues, potentially providing a faster path to resolution.

Here are some common causes and symptoms of TMJ syndrome.

TMJ can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Trauma to the jaw, e.g. whiplash or a heavy blow
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Poor posture
  • Arthritis
  • Stiff neck (cervical spine injuries)
  • Emotional stress factors
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Weakness of the stabilising muscles of the neck
  • Habits such as biting nails and chewing gum

It is more common than you think – 70% of the population suffer from TMJ some point in their life and it is four times more common in women.

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Common symptoms of TMJ pain include:

  • Pain in the jaw, which worsens with chewing, yawning or opening the mouth wide
  • Global or specific pain to the eye, ear, teeth, sinus, scalp, neck or forehead
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw when opening or closing the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Grinding of the jaw (often while asleep)
  • Locking or stiffness of the jaw
  • Feeling as though teeth are not aligned

Some simple steps you can take to provide relief at home include eating soft food, stop chewing gum, avoid clicking your jaw, reduce stress, avoid sleeping on your stomach. If the pain persists, it would be wise to seek expert Physiotherapy treatment.

Treatment at Wisdom Physiotherapy includes a variety of options including mobilisation, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, dry needling, clinical pilates, postural retraining, muscle energy techniques, exercise programs, and education.

Don’t delay in seeking treatment, treatment can be quick and cost-effective. Get back to living the life you want and deserve, free from pain!

Click here to book an initial consultation with expert jaw physio in Claremont, to get on top of your TMJ pain today, or call (08) 9384 1555.

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