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Jaw pain

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Jaw pain or also temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction includes chewing muscles, the joint of the jaw.

This is a common presentation that we see.

The jaw joint is surprisingly complex and problems can effect eating, communication and breathing.

Symptoms of TMJ associated disfunction:

  • Pain in the sinuses

  • Clicking sounds whilst eating

  • Biting teeth

  • Problems with opening or closing of the mouth

  • Fatigue in the jaw muscles upon waking

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Facial pain, ache

  • Tinnitus

What causes jaw pain?

  • As a result of an accident for example whiplash, sudden movements of the head and neck

  • Improper movement over time

Structures involved:

  • Joint capsule

  • Menisci between the jaw bones

  • Musculature/ trigger points

  • Nerves

Lifestyle factors that effect the jaw function:

  • Negative stress

  • Postural imbalance

  • Nerves from the head and neck

  • Biting of the teeth together during sleep

Prevention and treatment:

  • We aim to use a variety of techniques to relieve symptoms and provide tools with exercises that clients can do from home.

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