The professionals at jaw pain Melbourne have a passion for treating, relieving and preventing current and future episodes of TMJ pain. The Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre utilizes multiple physiotherapy techniques to address the underlying cause of TMJ pain. Those who suffer from TMJ disorder are not alone and the condition is far more prevalent than many believe.
TMJ disorders affect the jaw joint, the “hinge” that enables the jaw to open, close and chew. While many sufferers typically assume the condition appears suddenly, it begins slowly and most patients miss the early warning symptoms or attribute it to something else entirely. TMJ disorders escalate over time and can be helped with the aid of physiotherapy.
The painful condition is caused by multiple factors that include trauma, damage or a blow to the jaw joint. Arthritis associated with chronic disease, dental procedures and bite problems, and foods that require extra effort to chew can also be the culprits.
Many individuals clench their teeth due to stress during the day and grind them while they sleep, causing and exacerbating the problem without realizing it. Poor posture and sleep positions, along with insufficient pillow and mattress support can aggravate the problem. In the most severe cases, the jaw can lock making it impossible to open and close the mouth.
People with TMJ disorder may experience any combination of the following:
- Clicking, popping or grating noises that are felt and heard while chewing
- Pain or swelling in one or both jaw joints on the side of the face
- Headaches upon waking
- Pain that can extend to the neck and upper shoulders
- Difficulty hearing
- Ringing in the ear
Physiotherapy provides multiple therapies to address TMJ pain, from specialised exercises, craniosacral massage and manipulation, to an oral appliance that prevents nocturnal grinding. Therapies can be used alone or in combination, depending upon the cause and severity of the condition.
Stress reduction techniques are effective for addressing daytime teeth clenching and therapists can provide information on sleep positioning, pillows and mattresses that will reduce the risk of future occurrences. Ultrasound therapy may also be employed, along with heat and cold therapies.
TMJ disorder is a common condition and patients will benefit from the intervention of a jaw pain Melbourne physiotherapist. The highly trained clinicians will take a multi-faceted approach to relieve pain, restore function and reduce the risk of another episode.
Located at 1199 High St. in Armadale, Australia, the practice can be reached by phone at (03) 9824 8868 or by visiting Melbourne TMJ Centre online.