Did you know an Osteopath can treat your jaw pain?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is more commonly referred to as the jaw is one of the most used joints in our bodies. The movement of the TMJ is controlled by various muscles, allowing us to talk, eat and yawn.
When a joint in our body is not functioning optimally it can cause us pain and/or discomfort, this is the same for the TMJ. The TMJ dysfunction is a broad term that is used to describe an issue with the function of the jaw and may present as:
- Localised jaw pain
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Jaw clicking/popping while eating or yawning
- Jaw locking
So, what may cause TMJ dysfunction?
There are a range of factors that may influence the function of our jaw, these may include; stress, teeth grinding/clenching, trauma to the upper neck or jaw and dental problems.
These factors can cause muscle imbalances and tightness of the TMJ and surrounding joints altering the way the joint works. An Osteopath can help reduce symptoms of jaw pain by addressing these imbalances and other factor that may be influencing your pain.
An Osteopathic approach to TMJ dysfunction will include an assessment of the TMJ, neck, upper back and shoulders and treat accordingly. Changes to your sleeping habits and stress management may also be helpful in the relief of pain. If you are someone who suffers from jaw pain the team at Blackburn Osteopathy can help you. To make an appointment you can book in online or call our friendly reception staff on 9878 3122.