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
Problems with opening or closing of the mouth
Fatigue in the jaw muscles upon waking
Facial pain, ache
What causes jaw pain?
As a result of an accident for example whiplash, sudden movements of the head and neck
Improper movement over time
Menisci between the jaw bones
Musculature/ trigger points
Lifestyle factors that effect the jaw function:
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.