Physical Therapy for TMJ
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common condition that limits the natural function of the jaw, such as opening the mouth and chewing. This can cause a patient pain. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that connects your jaw to your skull in front of your ear. The TMJ guides jaw movement and allows you to open and close your mouth and move it from side to side to talk, yawn, or chew.
A physical therapist can help you restore the natural movement of your jaw and decrease your pain. Based on your condition, our therapist will work with you and assign a personalized program based on your specific condition. Your treatments may include:
- Posture education
- Manual physical therapy for to increase jaw movement
- Electrical stimulation or ultrasound to reduce pain
- Teach you exercises that strengthen the muscle but do not exert a lot of pressure your TMJ