TMJ dysfunction?? Pain in the jaw?? #osteopathyworks
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is your jaw joint, and it connects myofascially through to the top for your cervical spine (neck), and to the base of your cranium (skull). Therefore we see many headaches which in fact are a culmination of jaw dysfunction, neck and upper back issues all in one.
With headaches we look at the whole picture as to what is causing the headache. If the TMJ is the main culprit, then this usually relates to periods of stress (where we may be clenching or grinding our teeth without realising), also recent dental surgery or a history of considerable dental work. We also have patients visiting us specifically for jaw pain, sometimes this feels like deep pain by the ear, or an inability to open the jaw properly, or an excessive clicking.
Often the jaw can become misaligned, and disproportionate amounts of tension through the muscles which work on the jaw, as well as interconnecting muscles and soft tissue. This can be exacerbated with hypermobility syndrome.
Osteopaths have a variety of techniques which can be used to release tension and to help realign the jaw, as well as the associated structures. We have found it responds incredibly well, most people have reported a significant improvement in symptoms and pain in just one treatment.
This article “The efficacy of musculoskeletal manual approach in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder” also helps to provide increasing evidence to support the use of osteopathy and manual techniques for jaw pain and dysfunction, and concluded that musculoskeletal approaches can be effectively used for TMJ dysfunction and pain, which reflects the outcomes in our clinic.
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